Legendary ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away on Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.
Stuart is revered in not only in the sports community, but the Hip Hop community as well for singlehandedly creating a marriage between the two with his electrifying commentaries and swaggalicious catch phrases like “Boo-Yow” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow.”
Stuart Scott was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer in November 2007 and fought like a gladiator as he underwent multiple surgeries, treatments, triumphs, and setbacks.
On July 16, Stuart gave one of the most riveting speeches in history as he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS.
“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 said.
Words that will empower and resonate forever.
The news of Stuart Scott‘s passing hit us hard.
Many of his fans, colleagues, friends, athletes, and entertainers have taken to social media to express their grief and to pay tribute to such an incredible man.
Many of us have grown up to the legend that is Stuart Scott! He was one of those few people/idols that you meet and is a better person than you would’ve ever imagined. Proud to call him both a mentor and friend. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and especially his two beautiful daughters! Much LOVE and RESPECT! #RIP
I’m in tears right now…. he was always cool and always had a very humble spirit. When 112 was really poppin he would use our songs as references as he talked about highlights on ESPN. My biggest moment was when I had a show in Tampa a few years ago. He walked up to me and told me how much he loved So Fly and for 15minutes we talked about music and sports something he didn’t have to do. I remembered the sense of ” I Made It!” Two days later just like he promised used my song as a reference. His love for his daughters is something I can relate also. His perseverance to fight against the odds of cancer will always be a model for me whenever I have any doubts of anything. No we didn’t know each other personally but just wanna say he affected my life in so many ways with just watching him on tv and my few encounters with him especially the last time. I hope I can influence one person the way he did for me and millions of others he’s done good for. Stuart Scott reps an era of sports that will be missed and there will be none like you. R.I.P. #ROLEMODEL #TRENDSETTER #LEVELS #R.I.P #ESPN A photo posted by Slim 112 (@officialslim_) on
I remember leaving my television on the ESPN network all day just to watch the replay of Sports Center over and over again. Stuart, thank you for the great memories, and for making broadcasting exciting. You will never be forgotten. #ripStuartScott #fightCancer A photo posted by D-Nice (@djdnice) on
My brother. You’ve been an inspiration for as long as I’ve known you and you will continue to be an inspiration for as long as I shall live. I’m remembering your advice, your support, your humor, your integrity, and your incredible love for Taelor and Sydni. Your girls are blessed to call you their father. I’m proud to call my friend. Ruhe in Frieden, Stuart Scott. A photo posted by Boris Kodjoe (@theboriskodjoe) on
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 A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on
Fuck Cancer A photo posted by lancegross (@lancegross) on
May he rest in peace, for his fight was valiant but God needed another warrior. Such a inspiration to so many me included. I will do more in recognition of Stuart because he did more in a day while fighting this disease, than some healthy people do all month. His legacy will never be forgotten, his faithfulness and tenacity needs to be emulated. He was an anchor, but to many he was a hero, mentor a positive figure of what they could become. We have lost a beacon, my heart is heavy, but my mind is clear in seeing that his light needs to continue in ALL of OUR actions! “Our lives journey is all about the people that touch us” -Stuart Scott R.I.P – My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans… A photo posted by That Guy On Tv (@ajcalloway) on
I had a pleasure to meet and start a friendship with Stuart about 14 years And I’m deeply sadden to hear about his passing. I didn’t think it was real because I’m in Europe right now and you cant always believe what you hear nor did I want it to be real. But when I think about it, he has had such a impact on many people not only in the U.S but around the world. Stuart was a rare quality type of man that isn’t easily duplicated and he will be dearly missed! God bless and be with his family thru this difficult time! “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live! -Stuart Scott ” #RIP #NeverGiveUp #HeWillBeMissed
We’d like to extend our love, prayers, and deepest condolences to Stuart Scott‘s family (especially his daughters, Taelor or Sydni) during this difficult time.
Rest well, King!