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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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Mary Ann McQueen    

RIP....So.....Friday broke the news on Tuesday....?

791 days ago
17.

rdhmommy    

Thanks for the Laughs. :) RIP

791 days ago
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Violette-Blue    

Rest In Peace, Andy! I have beena long admirer of your work. Loved you in Matlock. You seemed like such a genuine loving man. God bless you family and friends.

791 days ago
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John B    

I believe that the statue of Andy and Opie has been moved from Raleigh to Mt. Airy, North Carolina (Andy's home town and the real Mayberry).

791 days ago
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SouthernGal820    

I'm so sad - what wonderful memories he has left us with. We are losing all the wonderful actors from when TV was great!

791 days ago
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jargon nelhouse    

He must have run out of Miracle Salve. Joe Rogan podcast by night. All day.

791 days ago
22.

SUNIA3    

so sad. RIP

791 days ago
23.

Oh well    

RIP sheriff taylor

791 days ago
24.

Judy    

I'm sad to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends.

791 days ago
25.

Wishbone    

Enjoyed his shows as a child, and an adult. The good ole' days when entertainment WAS entertainment. RIP Mr. Griffith.

791 days ago
26.

OooooNooo!    

What a great life. No cocaine filled rages with hookers, no DUI arrests, didn't leave semen stains on an interns dress, just a sold guy who worked every day to the end.

791 days ago
27.

Amy    

RIP Andy loved watching your shows growing up and even now

791 days ago
28.

Bridget    

I loved watching reruns of "the Andy Griffith show" when I was a kid. And in reruns, he will continue to entertain the masses for many more years. Say hi to Don (Barney) for us.


Rest in Peace Andy

791 days ago
29.

Jody    

He lived a very long, healthy, happy and successful life without scandal. What more could he possibly have strived for.

RIP

791 days ago
30.

Truth    

EVER NOTICE.. ALL THE OLD SKOOL CELEBS ALL LIVE LONG LIVES AND THE CURRENT ONES BORN 1960... OR LATER ALL CROAK BEFORE THEIR TIME. ANSWER: "DRUGS IN MY POCKET AND I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. DRUGS..." #TRUTH!!

791 days ago
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