Andy Griffith, 86, dies at Roanoke Island home
He was 86 years old.
Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement that Emergency Medical Services was called at about 7 a.m. to his home outside of Manteo, where he died.
Griffith is best known for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.
Griffith lived on 70 acres where his home offers an expansive view of the Roanoke Sound.
Born in Mt. Airy, N.C., Griffith would return to Roanoke Island to escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and New York before settling in permanently, according to a profile by Mal Vincent of The Virginian-Pilot.
Griffith could sometimes be seen around town, occasionally shopping at Seamark, the now-closed locally owned grocer for which he appeared in televisions ads. He spoke out publicly at a hearing against plans by the supermarket chain, Food Lion, to locate in Manteo. The anti-Food Lion forces prevailed.
He was one of the founders of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. But other than a close circle of friends, Griffith led an extremely private life with his wife Cindi.
He got his start with The Lost Colony in the late 1940s and went on to stardom as a singer, stand-up comedian and actor — his best-known role as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry in the long-running comedy, The Andy Griffith Show.Early in his career, he was a standup comic, and his monologue “What It Was, Was Football” became a comedy classic.
He graduated with a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In a brief statement, the family confirmed his death.
“He has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island,” the statement said.
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