If you are as old as I am, or older as I only saw the re-runs, you will remember Andy Griffith as the sheriff who patrolled Mayberry. Today, at the age of 86, Andy Griffith passed away.
An icon of his time, “The Andy Griffith” show which was actually inspired by his upbringing in a west North Carolina town, was the catalyst for actors such as Don Knotts and Ron Howard. Along with many others. He later would appear as the lead character in “Matlock” and would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then President George Bush in 2005.
Ron Howard “tweeted” shortly after learning of his death:
Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy.
No cause of death has been issued but Griffith has had health issues for several issues.