Andy Griffith, the beloved actor from popular TV series The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, died Tuesday morning in North Carolina at age 86.
A statement from his family reveals Griffith passed away peacefully at his Roanoke Island home with wife Cindi near him, according to WITN. Cindi writes:
“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.”
The web quickly reacted to Griffith’s passing, including acclaimed film director Ron Howard:
Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever gratefulRIP Andy
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 3, 2012
Over on YouTube, people are commenting on videos related to him and his shows:
Humans weren’t the only ones who enjoyed The Andy Griffith Show theme song. Birds got a kick out of it, too.