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.

  • MaddMedic

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  • Cynical Mike

    I feel bad, and now I can’t get that song out of my head. I and everyone else old enough to remember it will be either whistling or humming that tune by the end of the day, and everyone else will be looking it up.

  • luckystrike57

    Andy put Mt.Airy,Siler City,Pilot Mountain (Mt.Pilot),on the map.R.I.P. andy.

  • TonyMontana3

    Wow, you guys are really hateful. You can’t put politics aside even when someone dies? Why do you even have to mention his politics? Grow up.