updated 10/07/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/07/2013 AT 10:05 AM ET
The Today Show is remembering its biggest fan, Linny Boyette.
The hosts paid tribute Monday to the late super-fan, who for nearly 20 years was on hand in the Rockefeller Center plaza to watch the show in person.
Matt Lauer said he was “part of the show,” and Al Roker called him “a good luck charm.”
“We actually get more viewer mail about Linny than any of our on-air team,” said Natalie Morales. “And we understand because we love Linny too and we’re certainly going to miss him.”
Boyette was a familiar face to viewers as the cameras panned the throng that gathers for the NBC morning show outside its studio in New York.
Rain or shine, he would reserve his spot by 5:30 a.m. after taking the subway from home in the Bronx.
A military veteran born in England, Boyette died Sunday at age 71 of complications following a heart attack.
An institution on the plaza. RIP, Linny. MT @TODAYshow: We are saddened to announce the death of TODAY superfan Linny Boyette.
Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) October 7, 2013
So saddened to hear of Linny’s passing. I always loved seeing him every morning on the plaza. He had a wonderful smile and so sweet.
Meredith Vieira (@meredithvieira) October 7, 2013