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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Television icon Andy Griffith has died at age 86, according to a Portsmouth, Virginia television station.
He was best known from his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, which ran on CBS from 1960-1968. The show was a major hit, and is still seen in reruns around the country, including on WDRB.
WAVY-TV in Portsmouth says EMS was called to Griffith's home Tuesday morning. A close friend of the actor confirmed that Griffith had died around 7 a.m.
Before "The Andy Griffith Show," he gained notice for playing Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in Elia Kazan's movie "A Face in the Crowd," in which he starred with Kentucky native Patricia Neal.
He also starred in the popular legal drama "Matlock," which ran from 1986-1995.
Griffith was also a Grammy-winning gospel singer. He won for best country gospel album in 1997 for his album "I Love To Tell The Story."
WDRB Facebook fans were quick to react to the news:
Kelli Schlensker Stines says, "The Andy Griffith Show was the best TV show ever. Andy you will be missed"
Keith Fox responded, "Favorite thing i remember watching him in was a movie called "No Time For Sergeants". Great movie to watch. Very funny."
Sharon Rutledge Russell said, "Oh no! I loved and still watch any chance I get The Andy Griffith Show. It's still one of my favorites to watch, especially the earlier seasons."