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'Matlock' Health Crisis

Jul 31, 2001 | 6:53am EDT

Andy Griffith is resting at his North Carolina home after enduring quadruple bypass surgery and a reported heart attack, it has been revealed today. The 74-year-old actor of "Matlock" fame (and "Andy Griffith Show" legend) went under the knife May 9 for the bypass procedure, a spokesman for the actor's agent said. According to broadcast reports, a heart attack occurred a few weeks after that.

Still, despite all the scares, the Griffith spokesman says the star's prognosis is "excellent," and a complete recovery is expected.

Griffith will next be seen in the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton movie "Daddy and Them."

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