The entertainment world is in the process of morning a true Hollywood icon: Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86. Whether you knew him as a level-headed sheriff/father on The Andy Griffith Show or a kind-hearted, octogenarian-friendly lawyer in the legal drama Matlock, he was certainly a beloved figured.
One needn't look further than Twitter for evidence of that, as Hollywood's finest have already taken to their social network accounts to express their condolences and pay tribute to a true, rare entertainment gem. Read some of the best online tributes here:
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— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) July 3, 2012
Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever gratefulRIP Andy
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 3, 2012
Take a moment and whistle "The Andy Griffith Show" theme today - finger snap optional - RIP Andy Griffith
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) July 3, 2012
Cant believe Andy Griffith passed away today. Loved his show. Prayers go out to the family. Use to watch it all the time with my papa
— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith.Sometimes I wish the world was as simple as it used to be in Mayberry.
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith, 1 of our most underrated actors, watch him as Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd, my fave moviemovies.netflix.com/Movie/A_Face_i…
— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith.. We lost a legend today that provided me and my family some great quality time around the tv filled with some good laughs
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. Hard to say what was better Andy Griffith show or Mattlock. Either way dats a lot of TV history!Thanks!
— Kevin Farley (@Imkevinfarley) July 3, 2012
just found out the ANDY GRIFFITH passed away. an american treasure. if you can, give a little whistle for him today.
— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) July 3, 2012
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) July 3, 2012
I adored Andy Griffith. Sweet and funny and true.
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith… bit.ly/LuIP14
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. I imagine heaven will look a lot like Mayberry.
— Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) July 3, 2012
Andy Griffith died this morning.And a little bit of my childhood with him.Thanks for the laughs sir.
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) July 3, 2012
Rest In Peace Andy Griffith. Praying for his family, friends and fans.
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) July 3, 2012
RIP Andy Griffith. Thank you for all the laughs. I love Mayberry, and never knew that R.F.D. was for Rural Free Delivery. #AndyGriffith
— Dave Coulier (@DaveCoulier) July 3, 2012
I hear a familiar whistle up here. RIP, Andy Griffith.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) July 3, 2012
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