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Andy Griffith, the television icon who headlined The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, died Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Griffith died around 7 a.m. in his Roanoke Island, N.C., home, Dare County Sheriff J.D. "Doug" Doughtie said in a statement on behalf of Griffith's family. A cause of death was not provided. Griffith has been laid to rest on Roanoke Island, the statement added.

Griffith is most famous for his portrayal of Mayberry town sheriff — aka "America's favorite sheriff" — Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and as the titular defense lawyer on the legal drama Matlock.

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Griffith's most recent roles included guest spots on Diagnosis: Murder (as Matlock) in 1997 and on a 2001 episode of Dawson's Creek. His final project was the 2009 film Play the Game.

In 2005, Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush.

In recent years, the actor suffered from health issues, undergoing a quadruple heart-bypass surgery in 2000 and a hip surgery in 2007. In the early '80s, he suffered temporary leg paralysis from Guillan-Barre syndrome.

Griffith is survived by his wife Cindi Knight and daughter, Dixie, from a previous marriage to Barbara Bray Edwards. Griffith also leaves behind his second ex-wife, Greek actress Solica Cassuto. His son Sam, with Edwards, died in 1996 after years of alcoholism.