One of the entertainment industry’s beloved actors and resident of the fictitious town of Mayberry has died. Jim Nabors who is mostly known for the character Gomer Pyle of the iconic Andy Griffith Show.
Nabors who was seemingly shy on the show was also shy in real life. Although his shyness was apparent he was an awesome talent with an angelic opera voice.
Many of Nabors’ peers i the acting community have expressed their condolences for Jim.
EarHustle411 and the writing also sends our condolences and prayers to the family, friends and fans of Jim Nabors.
Read more as reported by CBS:
Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87.
Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side.
Cadwallader told CBS News that Nabors’ underwent a series of tests on Wednesday, but the decision was made to bring him home from the hospital.
“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed,” Cadwallader said.
The coroner has not yet released Nabors’ cause of death, but Cadwallader said it appears to be from natural causes.
The couple married in early 2013 in Washington state, where gay marriage had recently been made legal. Nabors’ friends had known for years that he was gay, but he had never said anything to the media.
“It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something,” Nabors told Hawaii News Now at the time. “And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”
Nabors became an instant success when he joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s. The character of Gomer Pyle, the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim “Gollllll-ly!” proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”
Source: (read more) CBS