By Britt Bickel

News just broke that legendary actor Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86, according to TMZ.

A close family friend to Griffith’s, former UNC president Bill Friday, confirmed the actor died at his home in Manteo, North Carolina this morning.

Griffith, most famous for his role playing a widowed sheriff in the long running CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show from 1960-68. He also starred in the legal drama Matlock from 1986-1995.

Check back for more details about the sad news of his death as they come out.

To remember his acting legacy, take a look back at some memorable clips from the Andy Griffith Show and whistle along to the theme song one last time.

Andy Griffith Show theme song:

Opie & the Spoiled Kid:

Best scenes from The Andy Griffith Show:


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