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Breaking News: Andy Griffith Dead at age 86

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Andy Griffith, the well known and loved star of the Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, passed away ealry this morning.  He was 86.  WITN has more…

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie has confirmed Andy Griffith has died and also released a short statement from the family.

Sheriff Doughtie tells WITN News the family stated that Andy died at seven this morning, peacefully, at his home and that Andy has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island. The funeral home confirms that happened on his family farm.

The actor’s death was first confirmed by former UNC President Bill Friday just before 10:00 a.m. and later by the sheriff.

Friday told us the 86-year-old actor died at his Roanoke Island home around 7:00 a.m. this morning. The sheriff had confirmed earlier that an ambulance was called to the home this morning.

A family statement says the actor died with his wife Cindi at his side. “Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord,” said his wife in a statement. “He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God’s Grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God.”

For years, Griffith was a TV icon, especially known for his role as Andy Griffith.

He later had a career resurgence as Matlock…

Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Griffith’s family.

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