Actor-singer Jim Nabors has died. He
Nabors was best known for playing Gomer
Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and on his own sitcom, Gomer
Pyle, U.S.M.C. The combined shows ran for 13 seasons on CBS.
According to the Hollywood
Reporter, Nabors died early Thursday morning.
Nabors also released 28 albums and
numerous singles, including six albums that went gold or platinum.
For more than 40 years, until 2014, Nabors sang the unofficial
Indiana anthem, Back Home Again in Indiana, prior to the start
of the Indianapolis 500. With few absences due to health, Nabors
sang the song from 1972 to 2014.
Nabors met his future husband, Stan
Cadwallader, a former firefighter, in Honolulu in 1975. The couple
exchanged vows before a judge in a Seattle hotel room in January,
2013, just a few weeks after Washington state legalized such unions.
Up to the time of his marriage, Nabors
had not spoken publicly about his sexuality. He told Hawaii News Now
that he'd know all his life that he was gay.
“I haven't ever made a public
spectacle of it,” he said at the time. “Well, I've known since I
was a child, so, come on. It's not that kind of a thing. I've never
made a huge secret of it at all.”