Stuart Scott, a longtime news anchor at ESPN has died after a long battle with cancer. He was aged 49.
Scott had been battling cancer since 2011, after an appendectomy in 2007 revealed a malignant growth. He briefly went into remission before the disease resurfaced again in 2013.
Last year at the ESPYs, Scott received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, after just undergoing a round of cancer surgery. While accepting the award, he said, ‘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.’
Scott, who joined ESPN in 1993, rose to national stardom with his style of reporting and his funny catchphrases, which include, ‘Boo-yah!’ ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow,’ and ‘It must be jelly because jam don’t shake like that.’
News of his death was first announced by fellow ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, who visibly struggled to control her emotions while paying tribute to the fallen star (video below).
He left behind two daughters Taelor and Sydni, his parents, two sisters, a brother, his girlfriend Kristin, and his ex-wife Kimberly.