July 6th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

Andy Griffith died of heart attack, death certificate says

Andy Griffith's death certificate says the actor died of a heart attack, after years of suffering from other illnesses, including coronary artery disease.

The North Carolina native had long endured hypertension and hyperlipidemia, his certificate said, which can suggest high cholesterol or high triglycerides.

The heart attack occurred about 24 hours before he died, the certificate says. Griffith passed away at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and was buried less than five hours later.

He was 86.

Most known for his role as the sheriff of Mayberry on the CBS series "The Andy Griffith Show," Griffith "has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," the family said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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  1. banasy©

    Awww, he still represents what is good about small town America...

    RIP, Mr. Griffith.

    I just have one observation:
    Buried less than 5 hours after he died?
    Isn't that really, really quick?

    July 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Golly, what a fitting eulogy to Andy Griffith.

    Good Lord!

    July 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |