This is a tragic day for sports. Stuart Scott, a beloved sports announcer for ESPN, has died. The sportscaster was just 49.
Stuart Scott, longtime anchor for ESPN, passed away on Jan. 4 at the age of 49. The sportscaster had been courageously battling cancer for seven years. Stuart’s contributions to the world of sports and broadcasting are endless. He will be missed.
Stuart Scott Dead: Beloved ESPN Anchor Dies At 49
Stuart died the morning of Jan. 4, according to ESPN. He had been bravely fighting cancer since 2007 and had always been public about his personal battle.
Stuart was hired by ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2. He became one of ESPN’s most coveted SportsCenter anchors. He was a host for Monday Night Countdown and the NBA on ESPN and ABC. He interviewed top athletes such as Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.
He was known for his popular catchphrases during his segments, including “Boo-yah” and “cool as the other side of the pillow.”
ESPN president John Skipper released the following statement about Stuart’s tragic death:
“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott. Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? 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.”
After news broke of his death, ESPN aired a 15-minute tribute to their late friend. Watch it below.
Just a few weeks before his death, ESPN delivered a loving tribute the sportscaster led by his replacement, Suzy Kolber.
In July 2014, Stuart was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs. He gave a heartwarming and brave speech about living life to the fullest and to never feel like you’re facing the cancer battle alone. (Watch it here.)Stuart’s daughter, Sydni, 14, stepped up on stage to give her father a hug after his speech.
Stuart was a lover of all things sports, but he was a Tar Heel at heart. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Roy Williams, coach of the UNC men’s basketball team, led a tribute to Stuart at the annual Late Night With Roy event in Oct. 2014.
He is survived by his two daughters, Taelor and Sydni.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stuart’s family and friends during this time.
— Avery Thompson
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