TV legend and icon Andy Griffith died at around 7am ET, at his home in Dare County, North Carolina, and in less than five hours after he died, he was already buried.
A representative for Twiford Funeral Homes in Manteo, N.C. told that Andy was buried at 11:30am ET on his family farm in Roanoke Island, stating that “It had been planned for some time,” and that “This was the wish of his family.” Other reports indicate that Andy himself had previously requested to be buried immediately after his death. His burial followed a small, private service with close friends and family in attendance.
“It’s unusual for a person to be buried so soon after his or her death,” Larry F. Stegall, executive director of the state’s Funeral Directors Association, told CNN. “It’s not very common,” he said. “I don’t recall having heard of it, and I’ve been here 32 years.”
Griffith is best known for starring in two iconic shows, born of different periods, The Andy Griffith Show from 1960-68, and Matlock from 1986-95.
Here’s a video looking back at Andy Griffith’s career in show business: