The actor best known for this character of Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" and its spin-off comedy "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." has died. "Citizen's arrest!'" Barney says when Andy wants to know what is going on.
Nabors' health has been declining for over the past couple of years.
Nabors became an instant success when he joined "The Andy Griffith Show" in the early 1960s. A sweet-natured klutz with a stable of catchphrases - "Gollllll-ly" and "shazam!" best-remembered among them - Nabors' gas station attendant quickly became a favorite with viewers.
When he wasn't acting, Nabors was singing in a glorious baritone that made listeners forget all about Gomer Pyle's hayseed twang.
Nabors was discovered by Griffith, who created the Gomer Pyle character for Nabors after seeing his night club act. The only part I ever played was Gomer.
Actor and singer Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2009.
He came out publicly as gay in his 80s after marrying his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, who was 18 years his junior. The two finally Wednesday in 2013 in Seattle, not long after same-sex marriage became legal in Washington.
While Gomer Pyle never rose above the rank of private on television, the Marine Corps made Nabors an honorary Marine with the rank of lance corporal in 2001. His immune system also was suppressed after he underwent a liver transplant about 20 years ago.