Willard Scott, Longtime 'Today' Weatherman, Dead at 87

Willard Scott, the former longtime weatherman for NBC’s Today show, has died at the age of 87.

Al Roker, who succeeded Scott on the daily morning show, announced Scott’s death on Instagram Saturday. No cause of death was provided.

“We lost a beloved member of our @todayshow family this morning,” Roker wrote. “Willard Scott passed peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his lovely wife, Paris. He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit. Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him.”


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Scott’s former co-worker Katie Couric tweeted, “I am heartbroken that the much loved Willard Scott has passed away. He played such an outsized role in my life & was as warm & loving & generous off camera as he was on. Willard, you didn’t make it to the front of the Smucker’s jar, but you changed so many lives for the better.”

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell said Scott was “a ray of sunshine no matter what the weather or how grim the news. Beloved by fans and colleagues alike.”

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