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Andy Griffith

Already Buried

7/3/2012 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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FRANK P. ALBRECHT    

MY WIFE CAND I HAVEX WATCHED THE ANDY GRIFFUTH SHOW AS XWELL CAS MATLOCK, EVERY CTIME ITXWASSHOWN. WE HAVE LOST CA GOODCFRIEND IN HIM AND DON KNOTTS. WEWARESO SORRY. GOOD BYE MR. MATLOCK !!

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christoph    

Andy was a great friend and was a private person. He loved his fans but demanded his privacy. The family honored his wishes and kept his death and funeral from turning into a circus. Rest in peace my dear friend, I'll see you on the other side.

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