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'Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning,' U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement on July 3. '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.'
(Pictured: U.S. President Barack Obama appears on a May 15, 2012 episode of the ABC show 'The View.')
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