American Icon Andy Griffith dies at age 86.
Actor Andy Griffith, who played folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor in the fictional town of Mayberry, died Tuesday at the age of 86, his family said.
Best known for his role on “The Andy Griffith Show,” the University of North Carolina music graduate also starred as a murder-solving Southern attorney in the television series “Matlock” during the 1980s and 1990s. He was also known for his roles in movies and on the stage, as a producer and as a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer.
“Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord,” his wife, Cindi Griffith, said in the statement issued through the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
Griffith died at about 7 a.m. at his home on Roanoke Island, according to Dare County, North Carolina, Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie.
He passed away after an unspecified illness and “has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoake Island,” the family said in a statement.
Jay Z Launches Facebook Game “Empire”
Empire, a new Facebook game from Jay-Z, wants your virtual self to “go from hustler, to entrepreneur, to business mogul.” If that life path sounds familiar, it’s because it resembles Jay-Z‘s story. He grew up in the housing projects in Brooklyn and eventually became a global hip-hop star and businessman.
The game lets you create a character and give it a dope name — think “Docta B” and “Big Daddy Hernandez.”
Empire begins by giving you a slew of ways to earn points and move up life’s ladder. You can visit your mom or significant other for moral support, engage in a rap battle or make a mix tape for street cred, and get a job to pay for your bling, among other activities.
Slow Jam The News with President Barack Obama!
This is so so good.
President Barack Obama on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at the University of North Carolina on April 24, 2012. It’s nice to know our president has a funny bone.