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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I had the great fortune to work with Andy Griffith on the "New Andy Griffith Show". Although it was described as one of the low points of his career, it was the high point of mine. He was a mentor, a Father figure and a friend. Always patient and kind, he taught me how to be professional on the set while still having a great time. Thank you Andy for sharing your gifts with the world and with me! You will be greatly missed.

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Wow, my grandmother used to have the biggest crush on this wonderful man back in the day. It makes me happy to know that they'll finally meet up in heaven. RIP Andy

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R.I.P ANDY GRIFFTH MY HUSBAND HAVE ALL YOUR TV SHOWS ON CD THAT ALL HE WANTS FOR XMAS PRAYERS TO HIM FAMILY

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RIP you were loved and will be missed.

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WoW...SHOCKING NEWS. I GREW UP WATCHING HIS SHOWS, AND STILL WATCH RE-RUNS TO THIS DAY. HE WAS A HANDSOME INCREDIBLE MAN/ACTOR. YOU WILL BE MISS ANDY GRIFFITH...R.I.P

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R.I.P LOVED UR SHOW YOUR GOING TO BE MISS PARYER GOSE OUT TO YOUR FAMILY

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Andy was such a respectful man.It breaks my heart.If only there was more men like Andy it would be a great world.

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RIP andy griffith loved ur shows

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@Lana - tru dat. May he rest in peace.

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Legendary TV Actor Andy Griffith Cause of Death and last pics here http://get.cc/c99

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