(July 3, 2012) — National media outlets are reporting that actor Andy Griffith has died.
A close friend of the 86-year-old actor, Bill Friday, former UNC president, told a North Carolina TV station that Griffith died this morning.
Emergency Medical Services responded to an early morning call Tuesday from Griffith’s home in Manteo, N.C., according to NBC News.
Griffith starred in “The Andy Griffith Show” as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry, N.C., a widower with a young son known only as Opie. In 1986, Griffith took on a new role on network TV as “Matlock,” an aged country lawyer from Georgia with a southern drawl, a winning smile and an unblemished record in the courtroom.
Griffith is survived by his third wife, Cindi Knight, whom he wed in 1983, and his daughter Dixie Nan, from his first marriage, to Barbara Bray Edwards.