Andy Griffith Already Buried
Actor had wanted immediate service
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2012 4:02 PM CDT
This 1987 file photo shows Andy Griffith in Toluca Lake, Calif.   (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, file)

(Newser) – A few hours after Andy Griffith died this morning, his family released a statement saying he had been "laid to rest" near his home in North Carolina. What may have sounded like a mistake turns out to be true: The actor is indeed already buried, reports TMZ. A funeral director says Griffith was buried immediately on his Roanoke Island farm, as per his wishes. That suggests he went without embalming, though there's no confirmation. Click here for more details, or here for one of the many tributes to Griffith now moving.

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Jul 4, 2012 3:21 AM CDT
What no media blitzed three ring circus, like the pedophile King of Pop? How refreshingly classy...RIP Sheriff
Jul 4, 2012 2:41 AM CDT
Nevertheless, I'll miss Sheriff Andy and his son, Opium.
Jul 3, 2012 10:45 PM CDT
Andy Griffith was extremely close to the land. He would have done it in a way that wouldn't harm nature which being buried w/out embalming and allowing the body mineralize into the ground is nature's way of replentishing. It is what is suppose to happen to our bodies when they die. And if you are wealthy and have your own private land, no on can stop you from doing it. It sounds as if they were expecting this. I'm glad for him if he was able to go quietly, quickly and with dignity. He was blessed with such a full life and blessed so many while having it. Vaya con Dios, Andy!