The show said Scott died this week, according to fellow weather forecaster Al Roker.
“We’ve lost Willard Scott,” Roker wrote on Twitter. 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 father and am where I am today because of his generous spirit. Willard was truly an #icon for the broadcast.”
Tributes to Scott poured in from former colleagues and friends following the news of his death.
“My old friend in the DC office, a ray of sunshine no matter the weather or how bleak the news,” NBC News Chief Washington correspondent Andrea Mitchell said on Twitter. “Loved by fans and colleagues alike.”
Former ‘Today’ co-host Katie Couric shared on Twitter that she was “heartbroken” to hear the news.
“He played such an outrageous part in my life and was as warm and loving and generous off-camera as he was. Willard, you didn’t make it to the front of the Smucker’s jar, but you changed so many lives for the better,” said Couric.
Born in the Washington area, Scott started 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 local weather forecaster, and a mainstay of “Today.”