Actor Andy Griffith dead at 86

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Actor Andy Griffith died after an unspecified illness, his family said in a statement

He "has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoake Island," the family said

He is best known for his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show"

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Actor Andy Griffith, who played folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor in the fictional town of Mayberry, died Tuesday at the age of 86, his family said.

Griffith died at about 7 a.m. at his home on Roanoke Island, according to Dare County, North Carolina, Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie.

He passed away after an unspecified illness and “has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoake Islan