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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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BostonBlackie    

Great guy and a great American! Don Knotts must be one happy guy today!

751 days ago
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Josh    

I always liked him until he come out with some commie type remarks a few years ago.

751 days ago
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Atlas Shrugged    

Thanks for giving us FAMILY television when the county was great. You had morals in your work that no one knows or does today. YOU will be missed SIR!

Please say hi to Barney, another one we miss.

751 days ago
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chuhyona    

Thank you for the great America values you taught to all of us. We are losing the best and the brightest. God bless you. America has lost a great man.

751 days ago
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Fred    

God bless you Andy and thanks for all the joy you brought me over the years. Rest in piece my friend

751 days ago
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David Infinger    

Andy was what every boy wanted in a father, I hope that he is in Heaven today. All the best Andy...

751 days ago
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Gina    

Enjoyed watching the Andy Griffith show, loved Opie, Andy, Barney and Aunt Bea. Still playing today. I wish kids today were watching this instead Sesame street with a progressive twist. Miss you Andy, thanks for the great show, sadder still that you turned into one of them.

751 days ago
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MStrong    

My Dad loved your show! He will welcome you in heaven.

751 days ago
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Daisy    

Andy Griffith was such a good actor, and his shows are still in reruns entertaining us all - are they old-fashioned, sure, are they outdated, maybe - but they're sweet and funny and innocent, and who doesn't need a little of that?

751 days ago
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btb    

roast in hell you Socialist pig.

751 days ago
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mark    

What a guy and what a legacy. The world is better for having had him around for 86 years. Say hello to Barney Fife but do not give him any bullets

751 days ago
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Brenda    

RIP Andy, you will be singing your songs with the Angels...Have enjoyed watching you for so many years. Love you

751 days ago
328.

Dave    

Thanks a lot for helping to give us all Obama Andy, screw you very much.

751 days ago
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J.Collinson    

Andy created memories of an American small town we all wanted to live in.

751 days ago
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Sensible American    

He was brilliant as Andy Taylor and I loved the show. I wish he had stayed above politics and not endorsed ObamaCare. RIP

751 days ago
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