Longtime US weatherman Willard Scott dies

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Willard Scott, the beloved American weatherman who charmed viewers of NBC TV's Today show with his self-deprecating humour and cheerful personality, has died.

He was 87.

His successor on the morning news show, Al Roker, announced that Scott died peacefully on Saturday morning surrounded by family.

No further details were released.

"He was truly my second dad and am where I am today because of his generous spirit," Roker wrote on Instagram.

"Willard was a man of his times, the ultimate broadcaster. There will never be anyone quite like him."

Scott began his 65-year career at NBC as an entry-level page at an affiliate station in Washington DC and rose to become the weather forecaster on the network's flagship morning show for more than three decades.

His trademark was giving on-air congratulations to viewers who turned 100 years old.

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