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Andy Griffith

Dead at 86

7/3/2012 9:25 AM PDT UPDATED: 7/3/2012 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R.I.P.

Andy Griffith has died.update_bar
8:15 AM -- Ron Howard ‏
just went to Twitter to post a message about his friend Andy Griffith ... writing, "His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy."

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Andy Griffith
, an icon of TV, has died ... this according to Andy's close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday.

Griffith, who became famous for "The Andy Griffith Show," passed away at his home in Manteo, North Carolina this morning.

Friday broke the news to WITN News in North Carolina.

In addition to starring in his show and producing the subsequent "Mayberry R.F.D.," Griffith was a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer.  Of course, Griffith also starred in the long-running series, "Matlock" and often made guest appearances in other shows, including "Dawson's Creek."

There's a famous statue of Andy and Opie -- played by Ron Howard -- in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.

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Jay W.     

RIP Andy... and thanks for the memories !

809 days ago
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awards    

RIP Andy! Thanks for the laughs, eh?

809 days ago
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Max    

Aww, damn. Rest in peace. (Say hey to Goober!)

809 days ago
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Different Rules Apply    

R.I.P. Andy, you were a great entertainer and you will be missed.

809 days ago
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Rude Boy    

How very sad. I wanted to live in Mayberry as a kid! RIP.

809 days ago
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river rat    

This makes me so sad. RIP, Andy, and sincerest sympathy to your family.

809 days ago
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yellowbird21    

RIP Andy. you will be remembered =)

809 days ago
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Moni    

RIP Andy loved watching your shows growing up!

809 days ago
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Yup    

Damn... this is the part of growing older that I hate; seeing your childhood heroes pass away.

RIP Andy; thanks for all the memories.

809 days ago
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Symian    

He will be missed. He is a true American icon. From movies like "A Face in The Crowd" to his television work, charity work, and through his singing, he is and was a very special person.

809 days ago
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Blakelyn    

I'm so sad to hear of his passing. RIP Andy.

BTW, the statue of Andy & Opie is in Mt. Airy, NC.

809 days ago
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Ritz    

RIP Andy.
Give Jesus a high five for me - and make sure to pull your hands away and say 'too slow'.

809 days ago
13.

Fat Mike    

Loved him in Matlock. RIP Mr Griffith

809 days ago
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Funkatopia    

Super creepy that I was just whistling that theme song this morning.

809 days ago
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ShrinkWrap    

Rest in Peace, sweet man and thank you for the memories.

809 days ago
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