Andy Griffith is dead, former UNC president Bill Friday tells our NBC affiliate in New Bern.—
Jeremy Markovich (@deftlyinane) July 03, 2012
TMZ reports that legendary actor Andy Griffith died today. He was 86.
Andy Griffith, an icon of TV, has died … this according to Andy’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday.
Griffith, who became famous for “The Andy Griffith Show,” passed away at his home in Manteo, North Carolina this morning.
Friday broke the news to WITN News in North Carolina.
Griffith also starred in “Mayberry R.F.D.” and “Matlock.” In 2005 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush.
Fans, friends and celebrities are flooding Twitter with remembrances.
While conservatives disagreed with Griffith’s political leanings and didn’t care for his promotion of Obamacare, many continue to admire his television work.