Legendary sports broadcaster Stuart Scott of ESPN has died at the age of 49 after losing his battle with cancer. Scott had been working at ESPN for 22 years and made catchphrases like”As cool as the other side of the pillow”, “He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin’ him to school”, and “Boo-yah!”
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
Stuart Scott was diagnosed with cancer on in November of 2007 after he needed surgery on his appendix. Scott had emergency surgery on his appendix while he was covering the Pittsburgh Steelers-Miami Dolphins game on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Scott was most famous for his role on ESPN’s flagship sports program SportsCenter, but also made appearances on NFL Matchup, NFL PrimeTime, NFL Live, NBA Fastbreak, and Scott also covered the NBA Finals for ESPN.
Scott also made appearances in the movies, Mr. 3000, The Gameplan, He Got Game, and Disney’s Kid. His television shows include Dream Job, and Back to the Future.
ESPN President John Skipper released the following statement on Stuart Scott:
“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.”
Stuart Scott always was positive about his fight with cancer. He never wanted to lay down and just die he always was fighting it. When rumors of him lying down and dying came up, Scott shot them down real quick.
Rumor bout me in hospice. Not True. Airball. Swing & a miss.— Stuart Scott (@StuartScott) November 11, 2014
I continue treatment for C & missed some work but Hospice?No. Fighting?
Scott was a winner of the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPYS for his on going battle with cancer, and he shared that he had 4 different surgeries in a one week span.
Many different athletes, sports analysts, owners, coaches, and front office personal, have shared their condolences to Scott via their social media outlets.
The great Stuart Scott will be missed. He was a legend who revolutionized sports broadcasting. But even more, he was a great man and father.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott was a great man and always so kind. An inspiration to so many, taken from us far too soon. Rest in Peace Stuart.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 4, 2015
Sports Center will never be the same without Stuart Scott— Cecil Cooper (@CecilCooop) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott you will be missed. There will never be another. #BooYah— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) January 4, 2015
The sports world lost another great one today. Stuart Scott, you were an inspiration to all of us. You'll be greatly missed. #RIPStuartScott— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) January 4, 2015
Sad news to hear about Stuart Scott this morning. Honored to have the opportunity of meeting you. Prayers 🙏 pic.twitter.com/c7mCCHjRWZ— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) January 4, 2015
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Scott and ESPN families. @StuartScott you will always be as cool as the other side of the pillow my man.— Jon Lester (@JLester34) January 4, 2015
RIP to Stuart Scott!!!!!! Sad day in the sports world!!!!— Jared M.X. Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) January 4, 2015
Man, can't believe it, RIP Stuart Scott— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) January 4, 2015
R.I.P Stuart Scott— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) January 4, 2015
“Our life’s journey is really about the people who touch us.” -Stuart Scott
For those who missed the late great Stuart Scott – and we always will – may he rest in peace….http://t.co/Bm13NUNQuZ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2015
Met Stuart Scott when I worked and ESPN, he was funny and REAL,any very smart,witty,he will be missed— leroy butler (@leap36) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott. A good man.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 4, 2015
Beyond being a great broadcaster, Stuart was a better father, a better person, a better man. Devastating loss for us all. Love you bro.#RIP!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott !! You will never be forgotten such a great person and a sports icon!! #GodBlessYouSadDay— Frank Thomas (@TheBigHurt_35) January 4, 2015
Some things are just so unfair. Rest in peace, Stuart Scott.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 4, 2015
I just woke up & heard the sad sad news about my good friend Stuart Scott..he's was the kind of guy… http://t.co/LlPrJDBieQ— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 4, 2015
Rest in peace, Stuart Scott. A genuinely good guy.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 4, 2015
Words cannot express the grief. #RIPStuartScott— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 4, 2015
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Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a anchor or reporter but more than that as a genuine cool person. What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied(which I hear it today on tv watching sports). I would say not because they stealing your swag, it's all out of RESPECT! It was always a breath of fresh fun air when u would show up and we'd chat up. Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn't a player but was close enough to them. #RIPStuartScott #FuqCancer #GoneButSurelyNotForgotten
My deepest sympathies to the family of Stuart Scott inlcuding his family at ESPN. He touched many lives and made each of them better.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 4, 2015
Rest peacefully in Paradise Mr. Scott, we miss you and Love you!— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 4, 2015
Rich Eisen, who aired on many different SportCenter’s with Stuart Scott, had a tearful tribute to Scott on NFL Network this morning.
Rest in peace Stuart Scott, you will be missed by everyone who was a fan of sports.
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