Television legend Andy Griffith has died in his native North Carolina.
Griffith's close friend and former University of North Carolina President Bill Friday says the actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 am Tuesday.
Friday, confirmed the news to local TV station WITN.
Griffith, was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
He rose to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the Andy Griffith Show from 1960-1968, which is still in re-runs today.
He also later starred in other shows and movies including Matlock.
Andy Griffith was 86 years old.