"The Andy Griffith Show" Actor Jim Nabors Dies At 87 In Hawaii

Dec 01, 2017, 01:34

Nabors was perhaps best known for his appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show", playing Gomer Pyle.

But to millions of motorsports fans, he was also known as the man who sang "Back home again in Indiana" in the build-up to the Indianapolis 500, from 1972 through 2014. He also was a guest on other variety hours, including The Carol Burnett Show and The Sonny and Cher Show.

Nabors died in Honolulu early Thursday, "after battling health issues for some time", Arnone told KHNL-KGMB. Pictured here in 2004. Nabors was also a hit on the variety show circuit thanks to his humor and his booming baritone voice capable of hitting some astonishing operatic notes. He recorded more than two dozen albums over his career.

Nabors was living in Hawaii with his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who he married in 2013 when gay marriage was legalized in Washington state. The couple first met in 1975 and had been together for almost 40 years.

Jim died at his Hawaii home he shared with husband and partner of almost 40 years, Stan.

Despite the song's title, Nabors ultimately made his home in Hawaii, where he lived for decades with Cadwallader, his longtime partner.

Cadwallader told CBS News the actor's health rapidly declined at the end of November following Thanksgiving and a decision was made not to bring him home from the hospital. The coroner has not yet released Nabors' cause of death, but Cadwallader said it appears to be from natural causes.

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