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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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76.

Ih8Taxes    

He was a good guy, even though his senility later in life became apparent by supporting Obama.

758 days ago
77.

John    

RIP Andy

758 days ago
78.

Diane    

An icon of early tv! RIP. You will be greatly missed!

758 days ago
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JT    

Another piece of my childhood is gone. It is true you can never go home again. Andy, thank you for putting on film for posterity what America was really like.

758 days ago
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ragu4u    

I wonder if Ron Howard "took care of" old Andy G. once Ronny started rolling in the dough? It sure woulda been nice for him to do a little payback to the man who helped him start out.

758 days ago
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kd    

RIP Andy Griffith, have followed you from Mayberry up to Atlanta. You were a true icon of television, you will be missed by many

758 days ago
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CELESTE TEODOR    

IN MY EARLY ADULT YEARS I ENJOYED THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW & LATER MATLOCK........THESE TWO SHOWS LIVED UP TO THE AMERICA I GREW UP IN.............IT WAS ALL ABOUT PRINCIPLES & LOVING OUR COUNTRY. HOPE THE NOVEMBER 2012 ELECTIONS HELP GET AMERICA BACK LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF MAYBERRY!

758 days ago
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kimborock    

Too sad :'( RIP Andy, you were one of the best! I still watch Andy Griffith, I wish TV now was like it was back then!!!!!

758 days ago
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lowens1975    

RIP... You will forever be remembered as the kind hearted Sheriff Taylor of Mayberry :)

758 days ago
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Tom Regan    

Sherriff Andy Taylor has Gone Fishing indefinitely... Profound and Deepest Condolences to His Family and Friends...You will be deeply missed, Andy Griffith...Rest In Peace

758 days ago
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Justathought    

It is so sad to know that show wouldnt make it in todays TV....Too many people want scandle, drugs, same sex couples, etc. and so called reality shows. He always wrote his shows with a moral included a dying art! You will be missed Andy!!!!!

758 days ago
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Bobby    

RIP Andy, loved your show,,,,,,shouldn't have done those Obamacare ads.

758 days ago
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Just Sayin    

RIP dear man. Enjoy fishing in heaven with Don. Love both of you and thanks for the best tv moments of my life.

758 days ago
89.

Truth    

The Andy Griffith Show is the greatest TV show ever.

Gomer and Opie are the only ones left. And, Jim Nabors is bad sick, the last I heard,

758 days ago
90.

Pat    

RIP old friend.

758 days ago
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