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July 03 2012 @ 10:51 am
Actor Andy Griffith dies in North Carolina at 86  
(Reuters) - Actor Andy Griffith, whose portrayal of a small-town sheriff made "The Andy Griffith Show" one of television's most enduring shows, died on Tuesday at his North Carolina home at age 86.

"At approximately 7 a.m., July 3, 2012, Andy Griffith passed away at his home on Roanoke Island, Dare County, North Carolina. The family will release further information shortly," county Sheriff J.D. Doughtie said in a written statement.

Griffith created another memorable character, the folksy defense lawyer in "Matlock" in the 1980s and 1990s, but it was his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the "The Andy Griffith Show" in the 1960s that gave him a place in television history.

The show depicted life in the friendly, slow-moving fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, which was widely believed to have been based on Griffith's own hometown, Mount Airy, in that state.

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Rest In Peace, Andy. I hope you know how many lives you touched. I can picture you now, fishing.

Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Andy Griffith show theme
daxcat79: Breakfast Club:  John Benderdaxcat79 on July 3rd, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
He was so adorable... especially when he got older. :(
Jill aka Jo: GOT: Robbsireesanwar on July 3rd, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
And I've heard one of the nicest men you would ever hope to meet. It is so sad. I'm positive the world lost a real gem.

PS: Cool icon.
daxcat79: Breakfast Club:  Knife Scenedaxcat79 on July 3rd, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised, he seemed like such a sweetheart.

Thanks. :)
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Jill aka Jo: GOT: Robbsireesanwar on July 3rd, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
So is.