Andy Griffith died on Tuesday at the age of 86, ending the life of a man whose name was synonymous with one of the greatest television shows in the history of American TV, “The Andy Griffith Show.” If you never saw the show, you almost certainly heard its theme song, a cheerful whistling riff that helped cement its place as one of the most memorable television shows of all time.
As with any celebrity death, many took to Twitter to offer condolences to the family of the deceased, offering prayers and their thoughts to the family of Griffith.
A tweet sent by Ron Howard was especially meaningful, as the director’s career was launched with the show. Credited as “Ronny Howard” when he was featured in the popular show, he is seen in the opening credits, walking alongside Griffith and flinging a rock at a creek. Here are some of the top tweets about Griffith, featuring fellow actors, movie makers and journalists.