Stuart Scott, one of the defining voices of sports and sports media has passed away. After 22 years as an anchor on ESPN, helping to launch their popular Sports Center program, Scott succumbed to complications from Cancer. He was 49 years old.
Born in Chicago and raised in North Carolina Scott played football at University of North Carolina, joined Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and worked at student radio satin, WXYC. He joined ESPN in 1993 and became one of the early faces of SportsCenter, popularizing catch phrases like “boo-yah!” and “Cooler than the other side of the pillow.”
“He was a trailblazer,” says ESPN anchor Stan Verrett, “not only because he was black — obviously black — but because of his style, his demeanor, his presentation. He did not shy away from the fact that he was a black man, and that allowed the rest of us who came along to just be ourselves.”
A cancerous malignancy was first discovered in Scott in 2007 during appendectomy surgery. He had it removed and underwent chemotherapy, but the cancer returned in 2010. Scott went into remission in early 2012, but was again diagnosed with cancer on January 14, 2013.
At the ESPYS on July 16, shortly before his 49th birthday and following another round of cancer surgery, Stuart accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance with strength, humor, grace and these eloquent words: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Stuart Scott is survived by his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. An outpouring of condolences came from athletes and entertainers across the web.
Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.