According to TMZ, television icon Andy Griffith has died. He was 86.
The site reports:
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.
In addition to starring in his show and the subsequent “Mayberry R.F.D.,” Griffith was a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer. Of course, Griffith also starred in the long-running series, “Matlock” and often made guest appearances in other shows, including “Dawson’s Creek.”
There’s a famous statue of Andy and Opie — played by Ron Howard — in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Griffith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.