Willard Scott, the legendary weatherman on the “Today” show, died Saturday morning at the age of 87, NBC spokeswoman Elizabeth Bader told USA TODAY.
Today’s Al Roker shared the news on Instagram, calling Willard “a man of his time, the ultimate broadcaster”. The genius Scott was known as the show’s signature weatherman until he announced his half-board retirement in 1996 when Roker took over the job.
“We lost a loved one of our @todayshow family this morning,” Roker shared on Saturday. “Willard Scott died peacefully at the age of 87, surrounded by his family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his lovely wife Paris. He was truly my second father and is where I am today because of his generous spirit. … never be someone like him. “
USA TODAY has requested a comment from the show “Today”.
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Katie Couric also paid tribute on Twitter.
“It breaks my heart that my beloved Willard Scott has died. He played such a huge role in my life and was as warm, loving and generous as he was on camera. Willard, you didn’t make it to the front.” the glass of the smucker, but you’ve changed so many lives for the better, “she tweeted next to an old photo of the two.
In 2015, the long-time NBC weather man officially retired from the “Today” show after 35 years. During his time on the show, Scott was known for using Smucker’s jelly jars to wish a happy birthday to viewers who turned 100 or older.
Prior to joining Today, Scott hosted the Joy Boys radio show on NBC radio station WRC from 1955 to 1974.
He leaves behind his wife Paris Keena, whom he married in 2014, and his two daughters Mary and Sally.
Contributors: Maria Puente