Andy Griffith Passes Away at 86

No cause of death has been confirmed, with the actor being laid to rest on Roanoke Island early this morning.
Andy Griffith passes away at 86
Andy Griffith passes away at 86
Iconic television actor and gospel singer Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86. No cause of death has been confirmed, with the actor being laid to rest on Roanoke Island.

UNC President Bill Friday announced the death, which was later confirmed by the local sheriff. Andy Griffith is survived by his wife, Cindi Knight, who issued the following statement

"Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord. He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God's Grace and in the knowledge that Andy is at peace and with God."


Andy Griffith was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the early 50s, but found ever-lasting fame on The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960-1968, and can still be seen in syndication today. The character of small town sheriff Andy Taylor made Andy a household name and a TV icon. He would later parlay that fame into the role of lawyer Ben Matlock on Matlock, which ran from 1986-1995 and spun itself off into a number of stand-alone television movies.

In 2008, Andy Griffith reprised his role of Andy Taylor for a Ron Howard short film at the time of President Barack Obama's election to President of the United States. His last role was in Play the Game, which found a recently single grandpa learning new tricks on the dating field.

Andy Griffith has two children with Barbara Griffith, whom he divorced in 1972.

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Comments (15)

  1. Dark enV

    We shall weep, yet we shall miss him. There will be one vacant chair. We shall linger to caress him, as we heave our evening prayer.
    -Song from the Andy Griffith Show

    RIP Mr. Griffith. My family has always cherished The Andy Griffith Show (Black & White Episodes) and my dad continues to watch them on a weekly basis. Thanks for the memories.

    2 years agoby @dark-envFlag

  2. skywise

    RIP Mr. Griffith.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. ROFLitschristian

    Tragic. May he rest in peace. Splendid actor.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  4. Xenon

    I found out earlier, I loved his films and TV shows. RIP Andy
    Ron Howard will you as well.

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  5. CelluloidDreams

    Loved Andy in the film "A Face in the Crowd"!.

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.
    So faraway,so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. the Narrator

    R.I.P. Mr. Griffith. My father was a fan, and that's more than enough for me to appreciate you and your work for their industry. At least you lived 'till 86. Other's weren't so fortunate.

    @slysnide - while I don't fully agree with that statement, I do see where you're coming from and I feel that it was well worded.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. Rudy

    I grew up watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show in the 90s.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. TheDude1

    Truly a sad day. Andy Griffith was a great actor and had some great television shows. Matlock will always be one of my favorite television shows ever. RIP Andy.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  10. slysnide

    The legends are always falling nowadays, but I don't see any rising.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  11. ChiRep_1

    Sad news, R.I.P

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  12. darkdream

    R.I.P we will miss you

    2 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  13. Kashmanthillet

    R.I.P Andy Griffith.

    2 years agoby @kashmanthilletFlag

  14. artkid04

    rip andy

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag