Obama on Andy Griffith: ‘A performer of extraordinary talent'

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to the late Andy Griffith on Tuesday, hailing the television icon as "a performer of extraordinary talent" who "warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere."

Griffith died at his home in Manteo, North Carolina, on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning," Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

"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," Obama said.

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