Linny Boyette

Linny Boyette, a Today show superfan who was a fixture on the plaza at Rockefeller Center every morning, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack. The show dedicated a segment to Boyette Monday.

"Our dear friend, Linny, passed away this weekend," Al Roker tweeted Monday. "He will be missed. Greatest Today fan ever. Our thoughts and prayers with Linny and family."

Added Matt Lauer: "Peace Linny. And thank you for your gentle kindness."

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The 71-year-old veteran, who was born in England but lived in the Bronx, woke up every day at 3:30 a.m. to make sure he could secure his spot on the plaza by5:30 a.m., according to NBC. "It makes my day," he told Today in 2010.

However, health problems earlier this year prevented Boyette from attending the show regularly. Last week, a friend of Boyette's told the Today crew that he was gravely ill.

"So saddened to hear of Linny's passing," Meredith Vieira tweeted late Sunday. "I always loved seeing him every morning on the plaza. He had a wonderful smile and so sweet."

Watch Today's tribute to Boyette below:

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