Stuart Scott, the longtime SportsCenter anchor and ESPN personality, has died at the age of 49.
Scott passed away on Sunday after battling cancer since late 2007.
Scott started his career in 1987 in South Carolina, going from being a news anchor on local stations to the national sports network.
Stuart was known for his sayings such as “cool as the other side of the pillow”, “booyah”, and “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school.”
The news anchor interviewed high-profile figures like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, as well as Barack Obama.
ESPN president John Skipper says Scott was “a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure”.
Suzy Kolbert, an ESPN sportcaster who worked with Scott for years, stated, “No matter how big he got, now matter how bad it got, he never changed. He loved his work, he loved his daughters, he loved being Stu.”
Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs in July. During his speech, he told his teenage daughters, “Taelor and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you.”
Stuart was first diagnosed with cancer in November 2007 after he had to leave the ‘Monday Night Football’ game between Miami and Pittsburgh to have his appendix removed.
Doctors discovered a tumor during surgery, but Scott never specified what kind of cancer he had. He underwent chemotherapy again in 2011.
Scott is survived by his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney and Susan Scott; his daughters Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; and his girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.
Our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and many fans.
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