Film and television star Andy Griffith died Tuesday morning at 86 in his North Carolina home, former UNC President Bill Friday told WITN and his family confirmed in a statement to the Charlotte Observer.
According to WAVY News 10, emergency medical personnel attended to Griffith around 7 a.m., but the nature of the call has not been released.
Griffith is best known for starring in his self-titled comedy, "The Andy Griffith Show." He played Andy Taylor, a sheriff in a town with no crimes to solve.
Griffith left the still-popular TV series after eight years, acting in other side projects until landing a lead role as criminal defense attorney in "Matlock":
Griffith was an arts and culture Renaissance man, also dabbling in directing, starting his own production company and winning a 1997 Grammy Award for "Best Southern, Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album."