"George Lindsey was my friend," Andy Griffith said in a statement. "I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit."
Noting that he had his last conversation with Lindsey a few days ago, Griffith said: "I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our 80s, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.' "
Like many people, I grew up watching that awesome show and loving his character, Goober! Thank you for greatly contributing to a great Childhood full of laughter!