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Television icon Andy Griffith dies at age 86
 
Actor Andy Griffith's popularity is declining after he appeared in an ad promoting Medicare.
Actor Andy Griffith's popularity is declining after he appeared in an ad promoting Medicare.
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Andy Griffith, the beloved television icon best known for playing the single-dad sheriff in the '60s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, died Tuesday at age 86. Friend and former University of Carolina president Bill Friday confirmed the news to North Carolina's WITN News. In addition to starring in the classic sitcom bearing his name, Griffith starred in the long-running legal drama Matlock and made a slew of guest appearances on TV shows like Diagnosis Murder and Dawson's Creek. He was also a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer. 

 

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