Jim Nabors, TV's Gomer Pyle, dead at 87

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Hawaii leaders are saddened by the death of Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show". He was signed for just one Season Three episode but was so popular that he appeared in 23 installments of the popular show. In fact, Gomer Pyle was so popular that CBS made a spinoff show in 1964 called "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.", in which his character joined the Marine Corps.

Nabors' husband, Stan Cadwallader, told the Associated Press his partner of four decades had died peacefully at home in Hawaii by his side. "Everybody knows he was a wonderful man".

The longtime actor and singer was born in 1930 and raised in Alabama before moving to Los Angeles to combat an asthmatic condition, according to his bio on IMDB. He recorded scores of albums and sold out concert halls, hotel resorts and Vegas showrooms through the years.




His singing made him a frequent guest of variety shows in the 1960s and '70s, particularly The Carol Burnett Show, and Nabors even became a Indianapolis 500 tradition with his rendition of Back Home Again in IN performed during the race's opening ceremonies.

Nabors first tackled the Hoosier anthem in 1972, and did it every year (except one, 2007, which he missed with an illness) until 2014, which he announced would be his last.

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