The news station reported close friend and former University of North Carolina President Bill Friday confirmed his death. Griffith, 86, had been taken by ambulance to the hospital around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The actor, writer, singer and producer was best known for The Andy Griffith Show that ran from 1960 to 1968. “America’s Favorite Sheriff,” Andy Taylor, served the fictional town of Mayberry, which was supposedly based on Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, NC.
The series was a huge hit, with its final season finishing first in the Nielsen ratings. TV Guide named the CBS program the ninth-best television show in history.
Griffith returned to TV in 1986, playing the title character in the show Matlock.