Beloved U.S. TV star Andy Griffith's longtime manager Richard O. Linke has died at the age of 98.
The TV producer passed away at his home in Hawaii on Wednesday (15Jun16), according to Variety.com.
Linke began his career in New York at the Associated Press in the 1940s, before transitioning to public relations. He subsequently took a job at Capitol Records as a publicist and worked with Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, and bandleader Stan Kenton.
After meeting Griffith in 1953, Linke moved to Los Angeles and began to produce the late actor's series The Andy Griffith Show. He also produced Mayberry R.F.D. and The Jim Nabors Hour and managed Jim Nabors, Ken Berry and Frankie Avalon's careers.
Linke was also an adjunct professor at Ohio University.