Andy Griffith died at about 7 am yesterday at his home in Dare County, NC. However, the cause of death was not revealed by the family. A spokesperson told CNN that Griffith's family requested that his body be lowered into a grave on Roanoke Island around 11:30 am.
Larry F Stegall, executive director of the state's Funeral Directors Association told CNN that this is the first time in his career that somebody was buried so soon after their death.
A Tony Award nominee for two roles, Andy Griffith gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960-1968 situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1986-1995 legal drama Matlock.