Today’s weather actor Willard Scott is dead. He was 87 years old. Fellow meteorologist Al Roker confirmed the tragic news on Instagram on Saturday afternoon.
Weatherman ‘Willard Scott’ Dead
“We lost our beloved family member @todayshow this morning. Willard Scott passed away peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, including his daughters Sally and Mary and his beloved wife, Paris,” wrote Roker.
“He was really my second father and I am where I am today because of his generous spirit,” he added. “Willard was a man of his day, a great broadcaster. There will never be anyone like him.”
Scott joined NBC in 1980 following his career in radio and children’s television programs before the onset of the weather. He replaced Bob Ryan and worked in that position until his retirement in 1996 when Roker joined the club full time. Scott then retired entirely in 2015.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia was also known for her many costumes, including Boy George, Carmen Miranda, Bozo the Clown, and even the first Ronald McDonald.
However, according to NBC, the front page is perhaps best known for celebrating its 100-year-old fans: “A feature that rose in popularity over the years, with images of 100-year-olds appearing in Smucker jelly jars while Scott already knew millions of viewers,” recalls home Scott’s TV show.