Andy Griffith, Beloved TV Star, Dead at 86

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Andy Griffith, the beloved star of two legendary television programs, has passed away at his home in North Carolina. He was 86.

UNC President Bill Friday, a close friend of the actor's, broke the sad news to WITN News in that state.

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Griffith rose to fame on the The Andy Griffith Show and later anchored Mayberry R.F.D. and Matlock. He was also a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.

The actor is survived by his third wife, Cindi Knight, and his daughter Dixie Nan. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones.

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omg i watched him when i was little in the 80s i loved him in all he did. Andy u r with my mom now. I know she is jumping for joy to see u there in heaven with her. U two can talk about old times. U will be missed by many.

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I loved to watch the Andy Griffin show when i was little and all the re-runs....RIP Andy

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I grew up watching andy griffith then ben matlock.he was am awesome gospel singer who will bd sadly missed.prayers go out 2 his loved ones@friends.we had an andy griffith show played in our church sunday.showed us from the bible how 2 treat people.need more wholesome shows like that now than crap they showing.u will b so missed andy.

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Rest in Paradise.

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RIP Andy Griffeth ur legend will live on, ur will be dearly missed...

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WOW i am so schocked i loved him so much he will be sadly missed .i am heartbroken ..i still watch all the reruns of the Andy Griffith show everyday..and Matlock ..R.I.P Andy

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Andy Griffith was and always will be a part of my childhood and my adulthood,,,I still watch re-runs,,all the time,,,,loved the show,,,loved him...RIP Andy..

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Andy Griffith we be missed, my husband and I still watch reruns on the TV of his Show. His gospel music was and is beauitful. Prayers to his family.

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andy i watched about all of your shows one of the best comedy on tv. r.i.p my friend,

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I wish this post would have been longer about such an extraordinary man. May you rest in peace Mr. Griffith.