Andy Griffith, the television icon Americans adored for his role as the town sheriff in the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show and later as a stern defense attorney in the drama Matlock, died Tuesday (July 3, 2012). He was 86. CBN.com reports that Griffith passed away at his home in Dare County, N.C., around 7 a.m., according to close friend and former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday. Local officials also confirmed an ambulance was called to the house around that time. A family statement said the actor died with his wife Cindi at his side and he's already "been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island." His wife said in a statement, "Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord." Read more on CBN.com.