Stuart Scott, the popular, pioneering ESPN anchor, has died of cancer at the age of 49.

Scott’s death was announced by the network Sunday morning following the broadcaster’s seven-year battle with cancer. The news sparked an outpouring of grief and remembrances from Scott’s ESPN colleagues, along with athletes, celebrities and journalists from other organizations.

“I will miss Stuart Scott,” President Obama said in a statement.

Michael Jordan, like Scott a University of North Carolina product, said through his publicist:

“I’m so sad to hear the news that Stuart has passed away. He was truly a trailblazer in his field and, by refusing to change his style, made himself into a star. I always enjoyed sitting down to talk to him. But to me he wasn’t just a broadcaster, he was an old friend who I’d known since college. He fought so hard against cancer and I hoped he’d win the battle. I sent my sincerest condolences to his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, and his family and friends. Booyah, my brother.”

Rich Eisen delivered a tearful tribute to his former “SportsCenter” co-anchor live on NFL Network, calling Scott “a groundbreaking broadcaster in the world of sports television.” Eisen added: “I love you, Stuart. Wherever you are, godspeed. Rest in peace.”

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