It's a strange feeling, getting older. In my mind, so many of these people who have recently passed still seem like they ought to be in their 40s or at most 50s. Richard Dawson..79? I would have never guessed it. It know it goes with the territory of getting older, but I'm sorry to see so many people from my childhood that I either watched on TV or listened to on the radio pass away. It's sad.
Actor Andy Griffith died on Tuesday morning in Dare County, North Carolina, reports WITN.com.
Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie confirmed to the website that an ambulance went to the 86-year-old's home at 7 a.m. this morning.
News of the Griffith's death was confirmed to WITN by Bill Friday, the former President of the University of North Carolina and a close friend of the actor.
Griffith was best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ran from 1960 to 1968, and later known for his role as a criminal defense lawyer on "Matlock," which ran from 1986 to 1995. The actor was honored with the the TV Land Legend Award in 2004, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005. Griffinth was also a singer and musician, and his 1996 album "I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless" went platinum.