The White House Press Office has just released this statement on the death of actor Andy Griffith:

Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning. A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family.

Griffith was also a recent star in a series of television ads where the veteran actor advocated for Obamacare.

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