Andy Griffith, an actor whose folksy Southern manner charmed audiences for more than 50 years on Broadway, in movies, on albums and especially on television--most notably as the small town sheriff on the long running situation comedy that bore his name--died on Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86.
His death was confirmed by the Dare County sheriff, Doug Doughtie.
The county sheriff announced that the TV sheriff has passed away. Nothing more fitting.