Stuart Scott Dead Of Cancer at 49
Stuart Scott is dead. The “SportsCenter” Twitter account announced on Sunday morning, “We are heartbroken to report that Stuart Scott has died after a long fight with cancer.” He was 49.
The longtime ESPN sportscaster was best known as the anchor of “SportsCenter.” He joined the show in 1993, and appeared on both weekday and weekend editions at night. He helped change the face of sports news over the last two decades, with his innovative delivery and hilarious catchphrases, like “As cool as the other side of the pillow,” “It must be jelly because jam don’t shake like that,” and “Boo-yah!”
He first fell ill in 2007 after an appendectomy revealed a malignancy that led Stuart to undergo preventative chemotherapy. He was diagnosed with full-blown cancer in 2011, and went into remission the following year. Sadly, the disease returned in 2013. In July, Stuart received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs (see photo above), where he spoke emotionally about his cancer battle and his family.
In November, Scott took to Twitter to deny his days were numbered. “Rumor bout me in hospice. Not True. Airball. Swing & a miss. I continue treatment for C & missed some work but Hospice? No. Fighting? YES!” But as he continued to miss work, colleague Suzy Kolber paid a teary on-air tribute to Stuart in December.
In a nod to “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s obituary celebrated the “Top 10 roles Stuart played for ESPN.” The network deemed him a “competitor,” “friend,” “celebrity,” “African-American,” “worker,” “poet,” “father,” “charmer,” “warrior,” and “champion.” He leaves behind two teenage daughters, Taelor and Sydni, his parents, two sisters, a brother, his girlfriend Kristin, and his ex-wife Kimberly.
Following the news of Stuart’s passing, ESPN released a 15-minute tribute video. It features remembrances from Stuart’s colleagues, and narration from cancer survivor and fellow journalist Robin Roberts. Watch below.