ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died on Sunday morning following a long battle with cancer. He was 49.
“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” says ESPN president John Skipper in a statement. “His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”
Scott — who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007 — had a 21-year long storied career with ESPN which included his time on “SportsCenter,” memorable “SportsCenter” commercials, numerous major hosting roles on NFL and NBA programming and a handful of iconic catchphrases like “Boo-ya” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow.”
In July 2014, Scott — who is survived by his two daughters, Taelor and Sydni — was awarded with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs where he gave a moving speech regarding his struggle with cancer.
“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer,” said Scott. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.”
Following news of his death, many of his coworkers, friends and fans — including celebrities and athletes — took to Twitter to express their sadness.
Stuart wasn’t covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around. Thinking of my friend & his daughters.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott you will be missed. There will never be another. #BooYah
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) January 4, 2015
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 4, 2015
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) January 4, 2015
Rest in peace Stuart Scott. Thanks for always reminding us why we love sports. You will truly be missed. http://t.co/5Hmmf3Ffi0
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 4, 2015
Scott’s moving ESPY speech can be seen below.
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