Tuesday morning, we saw the news break on Twitter: Andy Griffith had died. He was a critically acclaimed dramatic actor, but most widely known as America's sheriff, Opie's pa, Barney Fife's foil and as a folksy defense lawyer to the accused. Here's a sampling of the morning's Twitter tributes. Rest in peace, Andy!
Aw, Andy Griffith died at age 86. The world is a little less charmingly folksy today.
Sad to hear about Andy Griffith. Loved the show. Mayberry has had a tough year -- first Goober, now Andy. RIP Andy
NFL TV analyst @michaelombardi
Andy Griffith died this morning. And a little bit of my childhood with him. Thanks for the laughs, sir.
just found out the ANDY GRIFFITH passed away. an american treasure. if you can, give a little whistle for him today.
@ThisIsRobThomas (Matchbox Twenty frontman)
His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy
I hear a familiar whistle up here. RIP, Andy Griffith.
Andy Griffith was one of the great ones. Plus, my mother watched an unhealthy dose of Matlock, so he was like a 3rd grandpa. #RIPAndy
@jhopsmusicbox (singer/contestant from NBC's The Voice, season 2)
How come nobody's tweeting love for Matlock?
Matlock down, friends.
Matlock RIP. Dude never lost a case w only one sportscoat.
With the passing of Andy Griffith, heaven just became a little more neighborly.