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Andy Griffith

Already Buried

7/3/2012 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Andy Griffith
only passed away a few hours ago -- but TMZ has learned, the Hollywood icon has already been buried.

A rep for Twiford Funeral Homes in Manteo, North Carolina tells us, Andy was buried at 11:30 AM on his family farm on Roanoke Island. We're told Andy had previously requested to be buried immediately after his death ... so that's why it all happened so fast.

We made calls to find out if Andy was embalmed. No one was talking, but we're told it's legal in North Carolina to bury people without embalming them.

We're told Andy's burial followed a small, private service with close friends and family in attendance.

Andy was 86.


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I think most people know Andy from his TV work. If you ever get a chance to buy or rent "A Face in the Crowd" (1957), you'll see Andy's full range of acting as "Lonesome" Rhodes. He's brilliant in this.

R.I.P., Andy. We loved you.

811 days ago


I will always adore you AG.

811 days ago


It is not necessary for anyone to be embalmed. As a matter of fact, you can also bury people in a surprising number of places. Do research on the funeral industry and prepare to be astounded. You (we) have been paying for a TON of unnecessary services for death.

811 days ago


Andy will be missed one of the best show ever Andy Griffith and Matlock may he rest in peace. hope fans can pay their respects.

811 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Good for him if that's what he wanted.

811 days ago

Miss Bitch    

In what state is it illegal to be buried without embalming? Has anyone over at TMZ heard of Jewish burial?

811 days ago


He was a secret muslim! *kidding* damn, that was fast! Even muslims and strict jews allow for a whole day.

811 days ago


That's the way you do it. Phck all the pageantry. Burn me or bury me. Just get it done.No sense in dragging it out.

811 days ago


It is nobody's business. Why do we need to know if he was embalmed? Give the man some respect.

811 days ago


With the proper permits, you can pretty much be buried anywhere. I recall there's this new movement of people who don't want to buried in caskets in graveyard and such, they want to be buried "naturally" . Of course, you pay a lot of money for that but hey, its legal so why not.

RIP Andy, he was a great role model for many. Never saw him out drunk, jumping on couches, or having all kinds of crazy affairs with umpteen women (or men for that matter)

They don't make them like they used to apparently. He'll be missed.

811 days ago


I hope no one at TMZ ever under-goes S.T.


1. Was he embalmed?
2. Face-up or face-down?
3. North-to-East or South-To-West?
4. State of his toes?
5. Date of his last bowel movement, etc.

- Harvey,thank God.

- makes Rod Serling look like Joel Osteen.

811 days ago


What a good man...and The Andy Griffith Show will always be a treasure. The Boomers were fortunate to have been able to grow up with it!

811 days ago


Harvey Admiration, continued:

Harvey makes Freddy Krueger?

Look like Barney Fife.

811 days ago

michele ann johns    

My deepest condolances-Andy Griffith and my father Edward Johns could have been twins-in youth and in old age/appearances. Edward Johns died unexpectantly two months ago. Andy was a superb actor and will be greatly missed. I once drove 8 hours round trip to see him in Mt. Airy. R.I.P from Michele Johns, Atlanta, Ga.

811 days ago


Good for you, Andy! The paparazzi are probably less than thrilled that their opportunity to exploit someone's funeral was thwarted. Good for you, Andy! Good for you!

811 days ago
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