With all the changes that the Today Show has seen over the past few years, there’s always been one constant: Linny Boyette.

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You may not have known his name, but you definitely knew his face—he’s the guy who always stood in the crowd at the plaza, day in and day out. He was always wearing sunglasses, was usually bundled up tight, and whenever the camera passed over him, he’d give a knowing point to the camera, and to all of us watching at home. A constant no more, Linny passed away Sunday at the age of 71, from complications after suffering a heart attack.

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A war vet, Linny would wake up to get his spot on the plaza by 5:30 every morning. And he did it almost everyday for decades.  Learn more about Linny and his contribution to the Today Show in this emotional clip:

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For more on Linny, check out THIS profile that the New York Times did on him in 2006. Leave your memories of Linny in the comments below, or tweet us @OKMagazine.