Andy Griffith dies at age 86, celebrities react

Slideshow posted in Photos | Tuesday, July 03, 2012

8 of 17: American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillip expressed his sadness over the loss of Andy Griffith on his Twitter account.

'Can't believe Andy Griffith passed away today. Loved his show. Prayers go out to the family. Used to watch it all the time with my papa,' he Tweeted on June 7.

(Pictured: Phillip Phillips performs on the FOX show 'American Idol' on May 16, 2012.) (FOX)