Willard Scott Death: Obituary – The morning shows new anchor, Al Roker announced the death of the former showrunner Willard Scoot who was reported dead on Saturday morning.
Willard Scott the beloved weatherman who bewichted viewers of NBC’s “Today” show with his humor and cheerful personality died at the age of 87. His cause of death is yet to be released.
Willard began his career at NBC 65 years ago as an entry-level page at an affiliate station in Washington, D.C. He then rose to become the weather forecaster on the network’s flagship morning show for more than three decades.
He is survived by his wife, Paris Keena, who got married in 2014 and had two daughters, his wife was 43 years until she died in 2002.
From 1987 to 1997 he is widely known as a co-anchor of NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the National Tree Lighting ceremony as he often dressed as Santa Claus throughout 1980.
In an unforgettable moment on live television, first Lady Barbara Bush gave him a kiss during the 1989 inauguration parade of her husband, President George H.W. Bush.
“He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit, Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him,” Roker wrote on Instagram.
“He played such an outsized role in my life and was as warm and loving and generous off-camera as he was on,” Katie Couric tweeted.