It has been confirmed by multiple media outlets that Andy Griffith has passed away. Best known for his roles on the Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, Griffith was 86. One of his last roles was starring in the music video for Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman” (watch it below).
Andy Griffith will be remembered for his role as an icon from a time period and way of life that is slowly disappearing as today’s hustle and bustle, in your face way of life has become the norm. The Andy Griffith Show personified a “Country” way of life that Rascal Flatts reminisced about in their hit, “Mayberry.” Griffith’s accomplishments include being a Grammy Award winning southern Gospel singer as well as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is a member of the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
We are saddened by the loss of an American Icon, and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones. Thank you, Mr. Griffith, for all of the memories.
UPDATE: COUNTRY STARS TAKE TO SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THEIR THOUGHTS
Ray Scott: So long Andy Griffith.. You and your show helped raise a generation of people the right way… always my favorite…the world will be worse without u..
Ray Scott – part 2: God just said “Jesus, there’s a new sheriff in town”…. RIP Andy… I was lucky to see the example you set…
Rebecca Lynn Howard: God rest your soul, Andy Griffith. 🙁
Brett Eldredge: Andy Griffith was THE MAN! He will always take me back to Mayberry and make me appreciate the simple/important things in life…RIP
Chely Wright: Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Classic TV star. He was one of the good guys.
Rodney Atkins: Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Praying for his family, friends and fans.
Emily West: Go rest high on that mountain Mr. Andy Griffith
Storme Warren: It’s a quiet day in Mayberry. RIP Mr. Griffith
Greg Bates: Andy Griffith, you will always be part of my family and you will be missed
The Oak Ridge Boys: R.I.P. Sheriff Taylor… A sad day for the Mayberry in ALL of us…
Scotty McCreery: RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs
Jeff Bates: THANK YOU ANDY GRIFFITH for the little piece of heaven that was Mayberry, for making me laugh, for reminding me of the simple goodness of just living LIFE, for giving me a genuine love for people and teaching me that even in the worst of us there is a little good to be found. For teaching me how to be a friend and a Dad! For helping me find the humor in even the WORST of situations! And thanks for giving me countless hours of entertainment in a simple place in a simpler time that was much like where I grew up! RIP my friend. YOU were one of the all time GREAT ONES!
Larry the Cable Guy: I get the feelin’ people are going to be whistling a little more today. RIP Andy Griffith
Heidi Newfield: A class act and a gentleman through n through! They don’t make em like that anymore! RIP Andy Griffith. Go high on that mountain now!
Lynynrd Skynyrd: Andy you gave us a ton of great laughs!! We are big fans and watched for alot if years! RIP.
Sammy Kershaw: Andy, you’ll always be the man!
Jason Michael Carroll: Sad to hear of the passing of Andy Griffith! A legend that was involved in so much of our nations culture! Thanks for the memories!
Brad Paisley: Andy Griffith entertained the world. He improved our lives, and I was so proud to work with him call him a friend. Love you Andy. Go rest.
The Band Perry: We’ll miss you, Andy Griffith…thank you for all the laughs and memories.
James Otto: RIP Andy Griffith. You were a major part of my & millions of others childhood.
Easton Corbin: It’s a sad day, Andy Griffith passed away! One of my favorite shows!
Chris Young: Andy Griffith made so many memories for multiple generations… R.I.P.
Uncle Kracker: RIP Andy Griffith.
Mark Burke: Taken me fishin today down a dirt road, you can bet I’ll be whistlin’ as loud as I can. You’ll be missed Andy.
Little Texas: Today we lost a true hero of American entertainment. Andy Griffith and his pals taught us how to act, how to raise our kids, how to love our friends and relatives and how to live the good life through good livin’. Our friend, Guy Gilchrist, drew this piece this morning for his Today’s Dogg strip. We thought it was fitting to share it with you.