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Friend: Andy Griffith dead at 86

DARE COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Legendary actor Andy Griffith has died, according to a close friend, multiple news outlets are reporting.

The news came from former University of North Carolina President Bill Friday, a close friend of Griffith’s.

Emergency medical crews were called this morning to the North Carolina home of actor Andy Griffith, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to ABC News.

Griffith is best known for his 1960s TV show “The Andy Griffith Show” set in the fictional town of Mayberry, NC. He also starred in the late 1980s and early ’90s in the crime drama “Matlock,” which filmed its last three seasons in Wilmington.

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