Celebrities Remember the Legendary Andy Griffith, Dead at 86

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Mayberry won't ever be quite the same. Andy Griffith, star of a self-titled sitcom --"The Andy Griffith Show"-- that served as a springboard for the career of Ron Howard and continues to paint a nostalgic picture of southern life in the 1960s, died July 3 in North Carolina, according to multiple reports. Here's a look at celebrity remembrances of the gritty actor, as delivered via Twitter.

"RIP Andy Griffith :( I grew up to u and u kept me entertained..." -- Tia Mowry of the Style Network's "Tia and Tamera"

"Happy Days" icon Henry Winkler simply wrote " RIP the forever in our memory Andy Griffith"

"I know what I will be whistling all day long. #RIPAndyGriffith," in reference to the show's unforgettable theme song, shared by Colin Hanks.

Actress and Charlie Sheen ex Denise Richards: " we lost a legend...RIP Andy Griffith"

"Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy" -- Ron Howard

"Reading Rainbow" star LeVar Burton remembered " My favorite Andy Griffith performance... A Face in the Crowd #mindblown Rest in Peace"

"We will always remember that theme song! That Whistle! How sweet & pure the world was N Mayberry.You gave us great TV #AndyGriffith mayU RIP" -- La Toya Jackson

Olympic figure skating gold medalist and "DWTS" champ Kristi Yamaguchi referenced another series that featured the actor: " Sad to hear of Andy Griffith's passing. TV icon-I'm sure my mom saw every episode of Matlock....twice! #RIPAndy"

"From Team Amy - Go Rest High on that Mountain, Andy Griffith." -- Singer Amy Grant 's official Twitter handle

"Andy Griffith died this morning ... one of my favorite actors -- LOVED "The Andy Griffith Show." -- TMZ's Harvey Levin

"Thanks for the laughter:)..." -- Niecy Nash

"American Idol" 2012 winner Phillip Phillips wrote " Cant believe Andy Griffith passed away today. Loved his show. Prayers go out to the family. Use to watch it all the time with my papa"

"Andy Griffith entertained the world. He improved our lives, and I was so proud to work with him call him a friend. Love you Andy. Go rest." -- Country music star Brad Paisley

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