Flowers have been placed at the statue outside the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy, NC. Photo: Tanner Latham He was a vocalist, an actor, a stand-up comic, a producer and once even a schoolteacher, but we knew him best for creating the mythic Mayberry, a Camelot in bib overalls where home-spun wisdom reigned. Former UNC President Bill Friday broke the news to WITN News in North Carolina. An earlier report confirmed that a medical crew had rushed to the Griffith home this morning. Observer sources have confirmed Griffith's death.