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Andy Griffith Dead at 86

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Sources say The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.

Emergency medical crews responded to Griffith’s home this morning, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie said.

Griffith, who was born in North Carolina, was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS television network from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.

In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery and in 2007 had hip surgery after a fall.

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