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Andy Griffith Museum

'We are Brokenhearted'

7/3/2012 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The people who run the Andy Griffith Museum in his birthplace of Mount Airy, North Carolina tell TMZ they are "brokenhearted" over the death of the TV icon ... saying "We are blessed to have known him."

Tanya Jones -- the Executive Director of the Surry Arts Council -- also oversees the AGM ... which contains the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia in the world.

Jones tells us, "Andy Griffith means the world to the arts everywhere -- not just here in Mt. Airy.  His contribution to us, the Surry Arts Council, and the town of Mount Airy cannot be measured."

She adds, "We are blessed to have known him.  We will cherish his art, his music, his talent, and of course, our beloved Andy Griffith Show."

"Our prayers and love go out to Cindi.  We know that Andy is at peace and that is what is important right now."

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Pintobean    

I live in Mt. Airy and he will be greatly missed. We thrive on tourism and people come to town to see where the vision of Mayberry came from. Mayberry, the characters, and everything pertaining to show is everywhere including the museum and the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

819 days ago
17.

dave    

RIP Andy.. Your one classy actor and the Andy Griffith Show will always be timeless and great family entertainment.

819 days ago
18.

manbearpig    

he was a great villain in spy hard.

819 days ago
19.

obama'saracist    

the earth is a little sadder today when people Like the wonderful Andy die and people like kk and snooki live

819 days ago
20.

myopinion    

This gives me a reason to visit North Carolina I am going to visit his museum I never knew he had one.

RIP Andy

819 days ago
21.

South Beach    

Loved, loved, loved this guy. Ron Howard said he was just as he appeared on his show, warm, compassionate and common sense.

Thank you Andy, and R.I.P. You're one of the good guys and will be missed.

819 days ago
22.

self-employed    

Went to Mt. Airy for Mayberry Days a few yrs. ago. Toured the museum. Got to see Otis's suit! It is a great town and wonderful museum.

819 days ago
23.

GeniusMachine    

They should be thrilled the geezer finally croaked. Now they might actually get some foot traffic through their lame museum.

819 days ago
24.

bjay    

Awww, love the statue. Looks like it could be any childhood summer memory of fishing with your daddy. Good times. RIP Andy.

819 days ago
25.

VNVgirl    

god this breaks my heart. my mother made sure i knew this program and many more like it. i really enjoyed the show and now that i'm away from home for 5 years... i find myself watching andy on netflix... it calms me and its good for our souls. i love you andy . you of all people in this world , deserve a comfy place in heaven and i have no doubt that you will get it . hugs and thank you and others like you with such kind hearts. btw...im not religious but i find myself loving the religious music they sang together on the show - beautiful. iim so sorry - i always wanted to meet you
hugs - amy

819 days ago
26.

Lee    

Believe it or not. They have him in the ground already. & hours after death.

819 days ago
27.

Bob    

Andy who? This site might be usable IF IT WOULD ONLY LOAD.

819 days ago
28.

Rich     

What is so reassuring is that this was a star who NEVER thought he was above anyone, never was a drunk, drug user, or woman abuser. He was a REAL MAN!!!!

819 days ago
29.

Molly_Ripper    

You made my childhood fun. Thanks!

819 days ago
30.

SC    

He might of been great in movies ill show respect to the family since he is dead but one thing dont realize our town had to pay him a substantial amount of money for him to come visit his own home town and dedicate a statue to him.Im speaking as a taxpayer and citizen of andys hometown as well.

817 days ago
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