Andy Griffith’s death at the age of 86 came as a shock this morning, as reports from family and friends said without much detail only that the famed actor had passed away. Even President Obama issued a statement in remembrance of Griffith, fondly remembering the late actor.
When news of the television icon’s death reached the White House Tuesday afternoon, the president himself issued a heartfelt statement regarding Griffith’s passing:
“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 passed away this morning in his Manteo, North Carolina home at the age of 86, reports ABC. Details regarding his passing have not yet been released, according to the Huffington Post. News of his death saw a deluge of remembrance and kind words from Hollywood peers. Actor-director Ron Howard, also Griffith’s co-star on The Andy Griffith Show tweeted “Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever gratefulRIP Andy,” shortly after the news broke.
Michael Jackson, Dick Clark, and Donna Summer have also received official recognition from President Obama shortly after their deaths.
What do you think of the president’s words regarding the death of Andy Griffith?