The Today Show meteorologist Willard Scott has died aged 87
Beloved meteorologist of Today’s show, Willard Scott, has died at the age of 87. Willard Scott’s successor Al Roker confirmed the news on Instagram this afternoon.
We lost a beloved member of our family @todayshow this morning. Willard Scott passed away 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 I am where I am today thanks to his generous spirit. Willard was a man of his time, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be someone like him.
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Willard Scott was born March 7, 1934. He made his broadcast debut as an NBC page for WRC in 1950. WRC was an AM radio station owned and operated by NBC in Washington DC. Scott attended American University and worked at the school’s radio station from 1951 to 1953. From 1955 to 1972, Scott worked with Ed Walker as a co-host on the joy boys radio program for the WRC. During the 1960s, Scott hosted several children’s television shows. Some of his most notable roles were as Commander Retro, Bozo the Clown, and even Ronald McDonald. It was in 1980 that Willard Scott was contacted by NBC to be the meteorologist of Today’s show.
Scott is gone Today’s show was long and full of laughter. He was famous for his segment of wishes to centenarians a happy birthday on the air. He also traveled regularly and made weather reports on the road, interviewing locals along the way. Willard Scott’s Race Today’s show ended in 1996 when he semi-retired and was replaced by Al Roker. He would still appear on the air to wish centenarians a happy birthday before his full retirement on December 15, 2015.
Willard Scott died at his home, surrounded by his loved ones, at the age of 87. The cause of death is listed as natural causes. In addition to a distinguished career in television, Scott was the author of several fiction and non-fiction books. His work on radio and television has won him several awards. It is with great sadness that we mourn his passing and wish his family all the best at this time.