10:25 AM EDT 12/17/2014
Originally posted 07/06/2012 07:50AM
It was a heart attack on Monday that took the life of Andy Griffith the following day, his death certificate states.
According to the certificate filed Thursday in Dare County, N.C., and obtained by PEOPLE, the iconic TV star, 86, suffered the attack 24 hours before he died at 7 a.m. Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in his native North Carolina.
In addition, the document says that he suffered for years with a variety of illnesses that included coronary artery disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia, a form of high cholesterol.
Originally posted 07/03/2012 10:25AM
Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV's iconic The Andy Griffith Show and dramatic defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86.
Andy's close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday, broke the news to North Carolina's WITN News, saying Griffith died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m.
A native of Mount Airy, N.C., Griffith originally wanted to be an opera singer, then a preacher, before turning to acting in college. In the late '40s, he and his new bride, the former Barbara Edwards, set out with song-and-dance act that eventually evolved into his delivering folksy monologues on early TV variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.
Originally posted 05/06/2012 02:00PM
George Lindsey, best remembered for his role of Goober Pyle – cousin of Gomer Pyle – on CBS's rural sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, died Sunday morning in Nashville, where he lived, after a lengthy hospitalization, reports The Tennessean. He was 83.
Andy Griffith, 85, said in a statement that accompanied the Lindsay family's announcement of the death, "George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit."
Griffith also said the two often spoke by phone.
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