R.I.P Mr. (North Carolina) Andy Griffith

Our beloved native son, actor Andy Griffith died this morning at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m. EST.

Mr. Griffith’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday reported Mr. Griffith’s death which was then confirmed by news agencies.

Mr. Griffith, a proud North Carolinian was born in Mt. Airy,  (a rural mountainous area of the state) and was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show.

Although Mr. Griffith starred on other shows and in films, he is best known for his two television shows, The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) and the legal drama Matlock, (1986-1995)  both set in his native state of North Carolina.  At his death Mr. Griffith lived in Dare County, NC.

 Here is a photo shot from his series The Andy Griffith Show
Some of the Twitter reaction pouring in:

Ron Howard: “Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy”

Rodney Atkins: “Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Praying for his family, friends and fans.”

SouthernLiving: “Rest in peace Andy Griffith. Mayberry will always have a special place in our hearts.”

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott: “Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!”

Amy Grant: “From Team Amy – Go Rest High on that Mountain, Andy Griffith.”

Dave Coulier: “RIP Andy Griffith. Thank you for all the laughs. I love Mayberry, and never knew that R.F.D. was for Rural Free Delivery. #AndyGriffith”

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