Andy Griffith Dies at 86: Report

Celebrity News Jul. 3, 2012 AT 10:30AM
Andy Griffith as Benjamin Matlock. Andy Griffith as Benjamin Matlock. Credit: NBCU Photo Bank

Hollywood is mourning the death of legendary TV actor Andy Griffith, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.

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According to Griffith's close friend, former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday, who spoke to TMZ, the actor died at his home in Manteo, N.C. Tuesday morning.

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Best known for his 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, the actor also appeared in the beloved legal drama Matlock.

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Also a comedian, director, producer and singer, Griffith leaves behind his third wife, Cindi Knight, whom he wed in 1983.

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