Jim Nabors, a singer and actor, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died Thursday in Hawaii, according to family friend and CNN affiliate KHNL-KGMB producer Phil Arnone.
The entertainer, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home after his health had declined for the past year, his husband, Stan Cadwallader, told the Associated Press.
Nabors' career started in the early 1960s with various television work. His breakout role was on "The Andy Griffith Show," where he played dim-witted mechanic Gomer Pyle for two seasons.
Nabors was also known for singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the start of the Indianapolis 500, held annually over the Memorial Day Weekend. He sang the unofficial Indiana anthem almost every year from 1972 until his final time in 2014, except for occasional absences due to health or other scheduling conflicts.
As a singer, Nabors released 28 albums, according to his official website.
Nabors was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991.
We are praying for his Family and Friends during this difficult time.
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