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Subject: Like SO many celebs with splintered relationship with their offspring, it's sad Griffith never mended his relationship with his namesake son, and didn't even attend his son's funeral when he died from alcohol in 1996. ...

Griffith didn't even bury his son in the Griffith family plot. Sad.
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Date Posted: Saturday, July 04, 11:43:06pm
In reply to: Griffith was buried in a plot on the island family compound. 's message, "I can't think of any other celeb buried within five hours of death." on Saturday, July 04, 11:31:10pm

There is no published photo of Griffith son...

Jaxon Van Derbeken Daily News Staff Writer
January 20, 1996

Sam Griffith, the son of actor Andy Griffith, was found dead Wednesday in his North Hollywood home. He was 38.
His attorney said Griffith died after a long battle with alcoholism.

“He had suffered some severe medical problems in the past, (including) cirrhosis of the liver,” said his lawyer, James Blatt. “Quite honestly, I think his body just gave out on him, after all the years of abuse. The years caught up with him.”

Griffith, 38, a real estate developer, was found dead by his roommate at their Ellington Drive home about 4:20 a.m.

Blatt said Griffith had been out of work but was looking to find something new at the time of his death.

“He had been looking to go back to find something he enjoyed – he was getting along much better with his friends, because he was not drinking,” Blatt said.

Blatt said Andy Griffith “is taking it hard and is quite upset” at the news.

The death appeared to be of natural causes, but the official cause is pending an autopsy, said coroner’s spokesman Scott Carrier.

Griffith was sentenced to three years’ probation in 1992 after pleading no contest to reduced, misdemeanor assault charges in the January beating of his pregnant wife.

Van Nuys Superior Court Judge James M. Coleman gave Griffith credit for 60 days jail time already served.

Griffith had been charged with felonies including spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and negligently firing a weapon.

Griffith had left a gathering early on Tuesday night because he was feeling ill, Blatt said.

“When his friend – who owns the house – returned, he found him sitting on a chair, slumped over on a desk,” Blatt said. “He first thought he was just sleeping and tried to wake him.”

The unidentified roommate then attempted to resuscitate Griffith and called 911 early Wednesday morning.

Blatt, who represented Sam Griffith in the case involving his wife, said that he had spoken to the family and Griffith’s roommate in the aftermath of the death.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that Sam suffered from alcoholism,” Blatt said. “But he seemed to be getting alcoholism under control.”

The photo of Sam Griffith is erroneously posted.
That is a pic of "Matlock" co-star Daniel Roebuck ...

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I wonder if Griffith's ex-wife Barbara also had alcohol problems, as she died young too, at age 53 in 1980? ...Pic of Andy & Barbara in happier times. ...Saturday, July 04, 11:55:18pm
Sad so many celeb kids w/problems died young -Jerry Van Dyke daughter, Ethel Merman daughter, Harold Lloyd son, Wm Powell son, E.G. Robinson son, Marie Osmond son, Dr. Dre son, Jeanette Nolan son, Shirley Bassey daughter, Sally Kellerman daughter, Jennifer Jones daughter... (NT)And dozens more!Sunday, July 05, 11:18:08am

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