Andy Griffith Passes Away at 86

No cause of death has been confirmed, with the actor being laid to rest on Roanoke Island early this morning.
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Andy Griffith passes away at 86 Iconic television actor and gospel singer Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86. No cause of death has been confirmed, with the actor being laid to rest on Roanoke Island.

UNC President Bill Friday announced the death, which was later confirmed by the local sheriff. Andy Griffith is survived by his wife, Cindi Knight, who issued the following statement

"Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord. He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God's Grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God."

Andy Griffith was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the early 50s, but found ever-lasting fame on The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960-1968, and can still be seen in syndication today. The character of small town sheriff Andy Taylor made Andy a household name and a TV icon. He would later parlay that fame into the role of lawyer Ben Matlock on Matlock, which ran from 1986-1995 and spun itself off into a number of stand-alone television movies.

In 2008, Andy Griffith reprised his role of Andy Taylor for a Ron Howard short film at the time of President Barack Obama's election to President of the United States. His last role was in Play the Game, which found a recently single grandpa learning new tricks on the dating field.

Andy Griffith has two children with Barbara Griffith, whom he divorced in 1972.

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  • dark-env • 3 years ago

    We shall weep, yet we shall miss him. There will be one vacant chair. We shall linger to caress him, as we heave our evening prayer.

    -Song from the Andy Griffith Show

    RIP Mr. Griffith. My family has always cherished The Andy Griffith Show (Black & White Episodes) and my dad continues to watch them on a weekly basis. Thanks for the memories.


    • skywise • 3 years ago

      RIP Mr. Griffith.


      • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

        Tragic. May he rest in peace. Splendid actor.


        • instead8909 • 3 years ago

          I found out earlier, I loved his films and TV shows. RIP Andy

          Ron Howard will you as well.


          • 2movieguys • 3 years ago

            Loved Andy in the film "A Face in the Crowd"!.


            • 2movieguys • 3 years ago

              Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.

              So faraway,so faraway and yet so close.

              Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"


              • narrator • 3 years ago

                R.I.P. Mr. Griffith. My father was a fan, and that's more than enough for me to appreciate you and your work for their industry. At least you lived 'till 86. Other's weren't so fortunate.

                @slysnide - while I don't fully agree with that statement, I do see where you're coming from and I feel that it was well worded.


                • rudy • 3 years ago

                  I grew up watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show in the 90s.


                  • thedude1 • 3 years ago

                    Truly a sad day. Andy Griffith was a great actor and had some great television shows. Matlock will always be one of my favorite television shows ever. RIP Andy.


                    • slysnide • 3 years ago

                      The legends are always falling nowadays, but I don't see any rising.


                      • ChiRep-1 • 3 years ago

                        Sad news, R.I.P


                        • darkdream • 3 years ago

                          R.I.P we will miss you


                          • kashmanthillet • 3 years ago

                            R.I.P Andy Griffith.


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                              • artkid04 • 3 years ago

                                rip andy


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