Linny Boyette, Fixture in Today Show Live Audience for 20 Years, Dies

10/07/2013 at 10:05 AM EDT

Linny Boyette, Fixture in Today Show Live Audience for 20 Years, Dies
Linny Boyette
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.

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