Ya huh, Barney. That would be ironic, wouldn’t it?

If I’m breaking the news to you, please know that I am sensitive to the solemnity of the occasion.

Andy Griffith, probably best known to most of us as Andy Taylor, the sensible and honest sheriff of the fictional town Mayberry (modeled after a Griffith’s birthplace, Mount Airy, North Carolina), died today.

Here’s how CNN broke the story on the Interwebz: “Griffith died at about 7 a.m. at his home on Roanoke Island, according to Dare County, North Carolina, Sheriff J.D. “Doug” Doughtie.” Click here for the full story.

This should clear up any questions you may have about the definition of irony. Thank you, CNN.

And may peace be with you and your loved ones, Andy.