'Gomer Pyle' star Jim Nabors dead at 87
By Sandra Gonzalez, CNN
(CNN) -- Jim Nabors, a singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died, according to family friend and CNN affiliate KHNL-KGMB producer Phil Arnone.
He was 87.
Nabors died in Honolulu early Thursday, "after battling health issues for some time," Arnone told KHNL-KGMB. Nabors' husband, Stan Cadwallader, was by his side, KHNL-KGMB reports.
Nabors' career started in the early '60s with various television work. His breakout role was on "The Andy Griffith Show," where he played a senseless mechanic Gomer Pyle for two seasons.
His popular character was the center of a spin-off series, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," which ran for five seasons.
He also appeared in films like "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "Stroker Ace."
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.
He survived by his husband.
CNN's Chenelle Terry contributed to this story.
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