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    Death certificate: Griffith died of heart attack

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The death certificate for Andy Griffith says the actor's death earlier this week was caused by a heart attack.

    The certificate says the 86-year-old had suffered the attack 24 hours before he died at 7 a.m. Tuesday. It also says he had suffered for years from other illnesses, including coronary artery disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, which can be a form of high cholesterol or high triglycerides.

    Griffith's death certificate was filed Thursday with the vital records office in Dare County. It says he's buried in the Griffith Family Cemetery in Manteo. Dr. Johnny Farrow of Manteo signed the certificate.

    Griffith was best known for playing Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show," which aired from 1960 to 1968. He was born in Mount Airy and lived in Manteo.

     

    1,622 comments

    • Edward n  •  Orlando, Florida  •  3 days ago
      Andy Griffith show, now that was good tv. The crap of today, Jersey Shore, the Bachelor, ugh. Nothing like seeing Andy Taylor, Deputy Barnie Fife, Goober, Aunt Bea and little cutie Opie on tv.We'll miss you Mr. Griffith!
      • Retired 2 days 15 hrs ago
        One reason why I rarely watch television these days is that there is so much crap today. Television in the 1950's, 1960's, and early 1970's was great. That certainly is not true now.
      • Tim Yeakel 2 days 13 hrs ago
        Yep when the kardashians are on the TV goes off and I go out in the shop beat on someting old like that new FORD truck I bought.... When ANDYS on NICK I grab a beer and go to MAYBERRY for a while.... Helps me sleep better....
      • Tim Yeakel 2 days 13 hrs ago
        Andy is still class and he is one on the only truely good stains our society wears... Wished he woulda ran for president.... Osama would be in hell in that jail back in MAYBERRY... Barney woulda killed him with laughter if not Aint Beees rich southern cookin woulda did him fur sure......
    • debi c  •  3 days ago
      Will be missed.....not many shows nowadays that the entire family can watch!!!!
      • Donna 3 days ago
        Very sad indeed!....
      • poppa 3 days ago
        Thanks for the memories, I grew up with the show. may you rest in peace....
      • KT 3 days ago
        Another great actor gone. Loved his shows, especially Matlock!
        Good clean entertainment!
    • Mary  •  Cincinnati, Ohio  •  3 days ago
      Loved Andy, mostly in Andy Griffith Show, but also enjoyed him as Matlock. He loved hot dogs and most of the Matlock series showed him downing a hot dog with all the trimmings. So sad to hear of his passing. His show was about morals and respect. The US has lost an ICON.
      • DJE 2 days 12 hrs ago
        Mary you are so correct and never missed a show even the reruns watched them every single week day on the Chicago station along with heat of the night another great actor gone Carrol O'Conner I still watch them to this day heat of the night comes on right after Matlock
      • WILDHILLBILLY 2 days 7 hrs ago
        Yes. The USA has gone to hell in a handbasket, as we old timers say!
      • FRANK 2 days 7 hrs ago
        Vote CONSERVATIVE republican in NOVEMBER and help turn this country back around
    • bewildered  •  3 days ago
      Imagine. In this day and age a celebrity, one with intgrity I might add, dies of natural causes and not a drug overdose.You cause a lot of people to smile Andy..
      • PEN-GUIN 2 days 18 hrs ago
        Very well said Bewildered i miss the old days
      • Carol J 2 days 18 hrs ago
        RIP ANDY i love watching reruns
      • Tim Yeakel 2 days 13 hrs ago
        A man with class that loved hot dogs!!!! I would rather my obit. said I died of hot dog overdose as well.... hot dogs still aint illegal or banned but just give MOOCHELL time.....
    • Desiree Stevens  •  3 days ago
      Thanks for the memories Andy.
      • David 2 days 22 hrs ago
        I bet Andy is on his computer in heaven reading your comment.
      • lulu 2 days 18 hrs ago
        i loved him, but im way confused- i read in a diff article he was buried the same day he died and the funeral was held beforhand. like before he died? did anyone else hear that?
      • paul 2 days 18 hrs ago
        Great that Andy Griffith had faith in a young Jim Nabors. Invested huge amounts of money in Gomer Pyle USMC.
    • Charlie  •  3 days ago
      a down to earth man who will be missed by many.
    • Cookie  •  3 days ago
      Rest in Peace, Andy. You represented a way of life (real or not) that a lot of us are trying to 'get back to'. Honesty, responsibility, accountability, KINDNESS (remember kindness?) and family. You will be missed.
    • Kuuipo  •  Honolulu, Hawaii  •  3 days ago
      A Face in The Crowd, No Time for Sergeants, his gospel albums, the privacy he kept very closely guarded. He was more than the sheriff of Mayberry, although he was awfully good as Sheriff Taylor.
    • Rene  •  Culpeper, Virginia  •  3 days ago
      Ron Howard probably feels like he lost a dad when Andy passed. I love that show still to this day and I'm 36....grew up on those classics. RIP Andy...your legacy lives on every day.
    • Thomas  •  3 days ago
      Peanut butter and jelly sandwhich and The Andy Griffith Show, then off for my nap. That was one great time to be a kid. I'll miss Andy - as long as he was still alive, I could still remember what it was like to be young.
    • mamadoll  •  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  •  3 days ago
      Rest in peace Andy:( Thanx for all the years of entertainment!!
    • Tricia  •  Raleigh, North Carolina  •  3 days ago
      Rest in peace Andy and thank you for all the joy and happiness you gave me and the world !
    • Lee  •  Knoxville, Tennessee  •  3 days ago
      The Real Deal. Notice the simple departure. No fanfare, no hoopala, no scandals. Meanwhile the rest of Hollywood could screw up a one car funeral. RIP Andy.
    • Aisha  •  3 days ago
      I still love to watch the Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.. Love Ernest T Bass..
    • Thomas  •  3 days ago
      I've had two heart attacks ( last one was massive) i hope i make it to 86. 24 years away.
      Vietnam Vet.
    • Kill  •  3 days ago
      RIP, a true American Treasure
    • David  •  3 days ago
      We just saw Andy in the movie "Waitress" and we all actually commented on how great it was to see Andy in a new movie, God Bless You, Andy, R.I.P. and Thank you, Good Man. :)
    • Tony  •  3 days ago
      Heaven's lookin better all the time.
    • Crocker  •  Allentown, Pennsylvania  •  2 days 20 hrs ago
      Yes,trashy reality shows like Swamp People,I sure miss the old TV shows.
    • Fajita Meat  •  Russellville, Arkansas  •  3 days ago
      "No Time For Sargents" is still one of my favorite movies of all time.
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