Actor Andy Griffith passed away this morning at his home in North Carolina, according to Dare County sheriff. The family will release more information about the cause of death at a later time. Griffith had suffered a heart attack in 2000 and had quadruple bypass surgery.
He was best known for his portrayal of a small-town sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960-1968 and remains one of America’s most enduring sitcoms. Griffith went on to play a curmudgeonly southern lawyer on Matlock, a show he also produced, from 1986-1995. He was 86.