Andy Griffith Dead: President Obama Releases Statement

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President Barack Obama has issued a statement on the passing of actor Andy Griffith.

Andy Griffith died at about 7 a.m. Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island, Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie of Dare County, North Carolina, said in a statement. The statement did not provide a cause of death.

*Read the President’s complete statement below*

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning.

A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family.

Andy Griffith was 86.

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