Willard Scott, longtime weatherman for 'Today,' dies at 87

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(CNN)Willard Scott, erstwhile longtime weatherman for 'Today,' who was known for his outgoing, jovial personality, and for celebrating the lives of viewers who had reached their milestone 100th birthdays, has died, according to the NBC show. He was 87.

The amusement said Scott died this week, according to chap weatherman, Al Roker.

"We mislaid Willard Scott," Roker wrote connected Twitter. "Passed peacefully astatine 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his beauteous wife, Paris. He was genuinely my 2nd dada and americium wherever I americium contiguous due to the fact that of his generous spirit. Willard was genuinely a broadcast #icon."

    Tributes to Scott poured successful from erstwhile colleagues and friends pursuing quality of his death.

      "My longtime person successful the DC bureau, a ray of sunshine nary substance what the upwind oregon however grim the news," NBC News Chief Washington Correspondent Andrea Mitchell said connected Twitter. "Beloved by fans and colleagues alike."

      Former 'Today' co-host Katie Couric shared connected Twitter she was "heartbroken" to perceive the news.

      "He played specified an outsized relation successful my beingness & was arsenic lukewarm & loving & generous disconnected camera arsenic helium was on. Willard, you didn't marque it to the beforehand of the Smucker's jar but you changed truthful galore lives for the better," Couric said.

      Scott retired from the greeting programme successful 2015 aft 35 years, the amusement had said backmost then.

      A Washington-area native, Scott started with NBC's Washington vigor presumption WRC successful 1950 arsenic a leafage and done the years was a vigor host, a children's tv character, a section upwind forecaster and a 'Today' mainstay.

        "No broadcaster was loved by truthful galore and brought truthful galore smiles," Roker wrote connected Twitter.

        CNN's Todd Leopold contributed to this report.

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