July 03rd, 2012
(BlackMediaScoop) Mayberry has lost a sheriff. Andy Griffith, the star of the classic TV show that bears his name, has died. He was 86 years old.
The Dare County Sheriff’s office confirmed that an ambulance went to Griffith’s home on Roanoke Island, N.C., this morning. Griffith was an actor, director, producer, writer and singer. He starred in such memorable TV shows as the sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” and the legal drama “Matlock.”
Born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1926, he performed recorded monologues early in his career, including “What It Was, Was Football,” which was a hit on the record charts. The comic recording featured a rural man trying to figure out the mystifying rules to football. The Charlotte Observer wrote that “it established Griffith as a southern comedic voice.”