The death of actor George Lindsey was sad news for followers of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Hee Haw’ over the weekend. And among those fans were country stars like Reba McEntire, who expressed her heavy heart in a Twitter post on Sunday night.

“Our condolences go out to George Lindsay’s (sic) family on George’s passing today,” McEntire tweeted. “What a career he had. We loved him so much. Happy trails, till we meet again.”

Lindsey starred as ‘Goober’ on both ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and its spin-off ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ Then, from 1971 until 1993, he played the same character on ‘Hee Haw.’ Griffith offered a few words about his friend through the Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville:

“George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago … I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, ‘I love you.’ That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. ‘I love you.’”

Lindsey died early Sunday morning (May 6) after a brief illness. He was 83-years-old.

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