Andy Griffith was beloved by TV viewers as the drawling star of the '60s sitcom 'The Andy Griffith Show' and later as a lawyer on 'Matlock'.
"The Andy Griffith Show"made its debut that fall with Ronny Howard as the widowed sheriff's young son, Opie, and Frances Bavier as matronly Aunt Bee. The series quickly became one of the decade's most popular shows and made Griffith one of television's most beloved stars.
Griffith, 86, died Tuesday at his home on North Carolina's Roanoke Island, according to a family statement read by Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie. No cause was given, but Griffith had a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.
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