Stuart Scott has died at the age of 49 after not losing a long battle against cancer.
Scott was first diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2007. After several treatments, the cancer went into remission as late as 2012, but came back in 2013.
SportsCenter took to Twitter early Sunday morning (Jan. 4) to announce the death of the famous sports anchor.
We are heartbroken to report that Stuart Scott has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 49. pic.twitter.com/aI0TGwFqGU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 4, 2015
There was an outpouring of grief and sorrow from anchors at ESPN. Later that tragic Sunday morning, anchor Hannah Storm made an emotional announcement on Scott’s passing on a live episode of SportsCenter.
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Scott had been an anchor for ESPN since he was first hired in 1993. For 21 years, millions of sports fans would tune in and watch Scott’s unique and colloquial style. Scott not just appealed to African-Americans, but to the young crowd as well. Scott often dropped rap lyrics on air. He brought swagger and slang to the set. However, what made Scott so famous was not just his lexicon, but his catch phrases.
If you have ever heard “Boo-Yah” or “As cool as the other side of the pillow,” then most likely you heard it from Scott. How about “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school?” The legendary on-air talent contributed so much to the sports world, that he was more than just an anchor. He was a celebrity.
Colleague Karl Ravech posted on his Twitter how he felt Scott stood out amongst the other sports anchors.
I'm not sure who would make up the Mt . Rushmore of ESPN anchors but I know Stu would be one of them
— karl ravech (@karlravechespn) January 4, 2015
The tragic news of the loss of Scott is so huge in the sports world, that even the President had something to say about it. Yesterday Obama said in a statement:
I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family — but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us — with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.
ESPN paid tribute to Scott throughout the day. But the love and support of the sports icon was shown everywhere. Not only was there a moment of silence before both NFL playoff games, but college and NBA games paid homage as well.
Late on Sunday night, SportsCenter ended their last show with an emotional salute to Scott. A video of the segment was then posted on the show’s Twitter.
We paid tribute to Stuart Scott last night with an empty anchor desk seat in his honor. He will be greatly missed. » http://t.co/I11WC0kTRD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 5, 2015
The news of Scott seriously fighting for his life was brought to the world’s attention when during the 2014 ESPYs, Scott was awarded with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Which is where Scott gave a speech that will never be forgotten and brought many to tears.
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“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live” is not a catch phrase. But it will be a quote that will last an eternity.
The father of two is survived by his beautiful daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. Stuart Scott is gone but not forgotten.