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‘TODAY Show’ Anchor Willard Scott Dead At 87: Katie Couric, Al Roker More Pay Tribute

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Former TODAY Show weatherman Willard Scott has sadly passed away at the age of 87. The news was broken by his former co-hosts on Instagram, including Katie Couric and current weatherman Al Roker, who paid tributes to their former colleague and friend.

Katie, who was anchor of the popular morning show between 1991 and 2006, posted a sweet throwback photo of herself with a smiling Willard. “I am heartbroken that the much loved Willard Scott has passed away.

Willard played such an outsized role in me,” she began in her caption, going on to reference his prior radio career and portrayal of McDonald’s icon Ronald McDonald. “Whether it was as the Ronald McDonald of my childhood, ‘Joy Boy’ of radio in Washington DC, and of course, as a ubiquitous

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