Longtime ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies At 49
Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died on Sunday in a Hartford, Conn., area hospital after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 49.
In November 2007, he was diagnosed with the disease after feeling sick while covering a Dolphins-Steelers “Monday Night Football” game.
He was checked into a Pittsburgh hospital for an emergency appendectomy. During the surgery a malignancy was found. Scott was diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen.
He was placed on cancer treatment - chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and the cancer went into remission.
Sadly in 2011, Scott went public, saying the cancer had come back. In early 2012 it was in remission again, but returned in January 2013.
The father of two, was known for his boisterous, high-energy delivery and catchphrases like "booyah!" and "cool as the other side of the pillow."
"ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott," said ESPN president John Skipper. "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." After joining the network in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2, Scott became a leading voice on ESPN's SportsCenter.
Scott is survived by his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney and Susan Scott; his daughters Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; and girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.