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Television Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Television Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Legendary television star Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86.

Mr. Griffith died on Tuesday morning (July 3) at his home in Manteo, N.C., according to his close friend UNC President Bill Friday. The news was broken to WITN News in North Carolina.

Andy starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show for eight years and continued the role on Mayberry R.F.D. In addition to his accomplishments on television, Andy was a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer.

We send our condolences to Andy‘s friends and family during this difficult time.

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  • Butter_Fly

    Sad day to see such a rare talent gone forever. He knew how to be funny without cussing, being perverted or mean. God bless Andy.

  • Sarah.

    Aw Matlock died? I loved that show. RIP. :(

  • dobbi

    That’s sad, I liked Andy Taylor and Matlock. Rest In Peace, Andy.

  • Rocky


    Me too!! Still watch reruns of Andy, Opie and Barney. Matlock was great as well. Rest in peace Sheriff Taylor!

  • Melissa

    So sad. Wow. At least he lived a long good life.

  • Gloria

    RIP Mr. Griffith (Andy)!! I grew up with you, Aunt Bea, Opie, Barney, Goober….well, the whole town of Mayberry!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends!

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  • Deanne

    RIP Mr. Griffith, You entertained and made so many people happy with your great body of work. Thank you.

  • plez

    RIP Andy Griffith
    Remember when opie called his Pa
    I use to love that show.

  • just me

    Great actor in whatever shoest i. Peacews he did. R

  • amy

    True definition of an ACTOR. Loved his shows. To this day we always refer to eating a hot dog as a “Matlock Moment”. He will be remembered.

  • Sonia

    Oh My God!!
    No :((((
    rest in peace sir
    I grow up watching his shows, Thank You for entertaining us for so long

  • POGO

    RIP Sheriff Taylor. You will be missed.

  • magic_moment

    Oh no.I loved him and Matlock. RIP

  • Ronda!!

    Thank you for the wonderful memories Mr. Griffith. Rest in Peace.

  • Susan

    Very sad news. :( RIP Mr. Griffith. My condolences to his family.

  • Brandt Hardin

    Andy brought small-town humor and life into the homes of every American through their television screens. He’ll be missed after his long and full career of entertainment which still fills many households like my own family’s. I created a portrait of Andy and Don Knotts for my Cult of Personality series a few years back, which depicted entertainers who influenced my life in one capacity or another. I shared work of art today on my artist’s blog at Feel free to drop by and share your own memories of growing up with Mayberry.

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  • Troll

    will never forget him

  • yep

    R.I.P. You gave us/me lots of smiles and laughter! You will not be forgotten.