More depressing news from NC. I loved Andy Griffith.


[UPDATED: 1:00 p.m.]

Television icon Andy Griffith died on July 3 at his North Carolina home, according to WITN. He was 86. Griffith’s close friend and former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday confirmed his death, telling the news station that Griffith passed away at 7 a.m.

An emergency medical crew responded to a call from Griffith’s home in Manteo, N.C., Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie told WAVY. In a later statement, Sheriff Doughtie affirmed Griffith’s death, explaing that the actor “passed away at his home, peacefully. He has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island.”

The cause of death is not yet known, though Griffith had a history of health problems. He suffered a heart attack in 2000, after which he had quadruple bypass surgery. In 2006 he broke his hip in a fall and spent at least two weeks in the hospital.

Griffith, a native of Mount Airy, N.C., put the Southern state on the map…

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