Jim Nabors, TV’s homespun Gomer Pyle and singer, dies at 87

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In this June 12, 2015 file photo, Jim Nabors and his friend and longtime collaborator in comedy Carol Burnett celebrate Nabors’ 85th birthday at his home in Honolulu.

HONOLULU — Jim Nabors, the Alabama-born comic actor who starred as TV’s dim but good-hearted Southern rube Gomer Pyle and constantly surprised audiences with his twang-free operatic singing voice, died Thursday. He was 87.