Jim Nabors Dead: ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Star Dies at 87

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Jim Nabors Frank Carrroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jim Nabors has died at the age of 87 at his Hawaii home, Us Weekly can confirm. A spokesperson for the Honolulu police department tells Us that the actor passed way in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, November 30.

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Nabors, most known for his role as the sheriff Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and USMC, is survived by his husband of four years, Stan Cadwallader. Nabors is also remembered for his iconic voice: The Love Boat alum sang “Back Home in Indiana” to kick off the Indianapolis 500 race annually at the Indiana Motor Speedway rom 1972 until 2014.

“Heartbroken. Jim was as much a part of @IMS & the 500 as every driver that has competed here,” J. Douglas Boles, the Indiana Motor Speedway president, tweeted on Thursday. “His performances of Back Home Again in Indiana on race day every year were the best 90 seconds of the year for many of our fan! Not born here, but a true Hoosier.”

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Fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the legendary comedian.

“Sad day for IndyCar fans,” one user wrote. RIP Jim Nabors. Going to cry now.”

Added another: “Rest in peace, Jim Nabors. Thank you for your years of wonderful entertainment. You were a childhood favorite.”

See more heartfelt tweets honoring the actor below.


Nabors’ cause of death has not yet been determined.

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