The show said Scott died this week, according to fellow man, Al Roker.
“We lost Willard Scott,” Roker wrote on Twitter. “He passed away peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his lovely wife, Paris. He was really my second father and I am where I am today because of his generous spirit. Willard was truly an #icon of dissemination “.
Tributes to Scott arose from former colleagues and friends following the news of his death.
“My longtime friend in the DC office, a ray of sunshine, regardless of the weather or the sad news,” Washington correspondent Washington News chief Washington Mitchell said on Twitter. “Loved by fans and colleagues alike.”
Katie Couric, a former host of ‘Today’, shared on Twitter that she was “heartbroken” to hear the news.
“He played such a huge role in my life and was so warm, loving and generous with the camera. Willard, you didn’t get to the front of the Smucker boat, but you changed so many lives to improve,” Couric said. .
Born in the Washington area, Scott started with NBC’s Washington radio station, WRC, in 1950 as a page and, over the years, was a radio host, a children’s television character, a weather forecaster. local and a “Today” prop.