'Today' show pays tribute to superfan Linny Boyette

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This April 18, 2013 photo released by NBC shows co-hosts, from left, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker on the set of NBC News' "Today" show in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

His passing leaves a gaping hole in Rockefeller Plaza.

For 20 years, military veteran Linny Boyette was a staple in the plaza, waking up at 3:30 a.m. to take the subway from the Bronx to reserve his spot in the crowd by 5:30 a.m. He would then read the paper and socialize with other fans before the show started at 7 a.m.

On Sunday, Boyette, best known as the morning show's "superfan," died from complications after a heart attack. He was 71.

The Today show shared the news via social media: "We are saddened to announce the death of TODAY superfan Linny Coyette. Sending our condolences to his family."

Former show host, Meredith Vieira, who shared a special bond with Boyette, tweeted later, "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." Willie Geist wrote, "An insitution on the plaza. RIP, Linny."

Monday morning, a tough one for the Today show's hosts, was dedicated to the late superfan. Matt Lauer said Boyette was a "part of the show," while Al Roker remembered him as a "good luck charm."

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