Posted in TV | movies | music on July 3, 2012

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Griffith died this morning.

Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.

Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed the news to WITN News.

Emergency medical crews responded to Griffith's home this morning, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie told WAVY.com.

Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.

In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery and in 2007 had hip surgery after a fall. [USA Today]

Rest in Peace Andy.

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Comments (22)

This city needs a Matlock Expressway... Let's get the city to change the name of the BQE?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:03 AM

^ great idea

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:06 AM

RIP...seems like all of the good ol' boys from the good ol' days are really starting to fall.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:11 AM

Matlock Expressway has a nice ring to it. I like it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:11 AM

The Andy Griffith Show remains one of the greatest TV shows of all time (at least till Don Knotts left). Tons of classic epidsodes up on YouTube, can't go wrong with "The Pickle Story":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OF52pm_52o

-bill

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:17 AM

I for one will miss Andy Griffith.

Posted by I for one | July 3, 2012 11:23 AM

starred in a great movie- "A Face in the Crowd", if you want another side of him besides Andy of Mayberry.......

Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:24 AM

I signed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 11:42 AM

Meet the man who met Andy Griffith!

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:10 PM

this has nothing to do with music

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:11 PM

I hope it wasn't due to Abe Simpson swiping he heart medicine again.

In all seriousness, RIP. Another great one gone.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:16 PM

Hoes on my dick cuz I look like Matlock

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:20 PM

Matlock Expressway.....get er done

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:31 PM

I guess it was a heart attack then?


RIP Andy. Few were more noble then he was.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:32 PM

12:11--While it may not have as much to do with music as most of the posts on this site, if you watched the Andy Griffith Show, you would frequently see Andy playing his guitar, especially with the Darling family. The musicians in the Darling family were played by real-life bluegrass band the Dillards. So I wouldn't say it has NOTHING to do with music.

RIP Andy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:38 PM

12:11 is Michael Sosa

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 12:49 PM

No disrespect intended but I straight up thought this dude had been dead for years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 1:37 PM

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

right now you are hearing the whistling from the Andy Griffith Show in your head

Posted by Big Fan(!) | July 3, 2012 4:12 PM

"This city needs a Matlock Expressway... Let's get the city to change the name of the BQE?"

Considering how rundown the BQE is, I think Sid Vicious Expressway is more appropriate.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2012 4:41 PM

that dude looks like a fudge packer

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2012 3:25 PM

86 not bad age.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 4:02 PM

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