Updated: Andy Griffith, an icon of TV, has died … this according to Andy’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday.
Griffith, who became famous for "The Andy Griffith Show," passed away at his home in Manteo, North Carolina today.
This morning’s news first broke when Friday spoke to WITN News in North Carolina.
In addition to starring in his show and the subsequent "Mayberry R.F.D.," Griffith was a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer. Of course, Griffith also starred in the long-running series, "Matlock" and often made guest appearances in other shows, including "Dawson’s Creek."
As tributes continue to post, The Blaze has assembled the top ten video moments from "Mayberry" click here to view.
“The Andy Griffith Show” was a loving portrait of the town where few grew up but many wished they did — a place where all foibles are forgiven and friendships are forever. Villains came through town and moved on, usually changed by their stay in Mayberry. That was all a credit to Griffith, Craig Fincannon, who met Griffith in 1974, said.