TV icon Andy Griffith has passed away at age 86. The beloved actor went peacefully in his North Carolina home, and a family friend broke the news to a local television station earlier today.
Griffith is best remembered for his roles on the Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. The actor also enjoyed a career as a Grammy-winning gospel singer. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Griffith’s legendary acting career, which spanned eight decades, earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.