Act­ing icon Andy Grif­fith died of heart at­tack

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

RALEIGH, N.C. — The death cer­tifi­cate for Andy Grif­fith says the ac­tor’s death ear­lier this week was caused by a heart at­tack.

The cer­tifi­cate says the 86-year-old had suf­fered the at­tack 24 hours be­fore he died at 7 a.m. Tues­day. It also says he had suf­fered for years from other ill­nesses, in­clud­ing coro­nary artery dis­ease, hy­per­ten­sion and hy­per­lipi­demia, which can be a form of high choles­terol or high triglyc­erides.

Grif­fith’s death cer­tifi­cate was filed Thurs­day with the vi­tal records of­fice in Dare County. It says he’s buried in the Grif­fith Fam­ily Ceme­tery in Man­teo. Dr. Johnny Far­row of Man­teo signed the cer­tifi­cate.

Grif­fith was best known for play­ing Sher­iff Andy Tay­lor in The Andy Grif­fith Show, which aired from 1960 to 1968. He was born in Mount Airy and lived in Man­teo.

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