Jul 03, 2012

By Jane Brown

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An icon of television has died.  Andy Griffith passed away Tuesday morning at his home in North Carolina, according to Andy’s close friend , former UNC President Bill Friday.  In addition to starring in his show and the subsequent “Mayberry R.F.D.”, Andy Griffith was a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer.  He also starred in the long-running series, “Matlock” and often made guest appearances in other shows, including “Dawson’s Creek”.  There’s a famous statue of Andy and Opie – played by Ron Howard – in Raleigh, North Carolina. Griffith was awared the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.  Andy Griffith, dead at the age of 86.

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