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Sam Griffith, the son of actor Andy Griffith Not to be confused with Andy Griffiths.
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, was found dead Wednesday in his North Hollywood home. He was 38.

His attorney said Griffith died after a long battle with alcoholism alcoholism, disease characterized by impaired control over the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide; in the United States the wide availability of alcoholic beverages makes alcohol the most accessible drug, and alcoholism is .

"He had suffered some severe medical problems in the past, (including) cirrhosis of the liver Cirrhosis of the liver
A type of liver disease, most often caused by chronic alcohol abuse. It is characterized by scarring of the liver, which leads to an increase in the blood pressure in the portal veins.

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," 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 Scott Carrier is an American author and radio producer. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Written work
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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 spou·sal  
1. Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.

2. Of or relating to a spouse.

Marriage; nuptials. Often used in the plural.
 abuse, assault with a deadly weapon Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the term used to describe the act of threatening to harm one or more people by using a weapon (usually a firearm). Here, assault must be differentiated from battery as they are often confused. Assault is threatening to use force.  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 re·sus·ci·tate
To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.
 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."
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Date:Jan 18, 1996
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