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.”
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 4, 2015
Stuart wasn't covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around. Thinking of my friend & his daughters.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 4, 2015
Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a… http://t.co/2MMLgFR6lf
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 4, 2015
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
I can't believe he is gone. There was nobody like Stuart Scott, There will never be again. A big presence with even a bigger heart. RIP SS.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 4, 2015
Cool as the other side of the pillow, and even more courageous. We’ll miss you, Stuart Scott. #booyah
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 4, 2015
I knew of many black journalists growing up. Stuart Scott was one of the few I could actually see every night. http://t.co/x7eyyFPkQw
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 4, 2015
Boo Yah. RIP, Stuart Scott. Stu filled the world with positive energy. He built bridges.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott. Going to miss your enthusiasm and kind soul. You were definitely one of the good guys. Sad day. pic.twitter.com/vhySBL5ZA8
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott you inspired many and changed the way people looked at sports… Forever as cool as the other side of the pillow
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott's influence transcended sports broadcasting. He was just as influential to me as Bernie Shaw, Ed Bradley, & Byron Pitts. #ESPN
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) January 4, 2015
For any young brother in journalism, Stuart Scott was our titan, our big brother, our uncle, our friend. We all wanted to be him. #ESPN
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) January 4, 2015
The loudest laughs, the kindest words. The best kind of friend. Missing you already, Stu.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 4, 2015
Stuart…Scott…Van Pelt. Man, we had fun out there. Crushed beyond description for all his families, including ours. RIP, my brother
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott 1 of a kind. U will be missed forever
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 4, 2015
I just woke up & heard the sad sad news about my good friend Stuart Scott..he's was the kind of guy… http://t.co/LlPrJDBieQ
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 4, 2015
RIP @stuartscott It was an honor to meet and hang out with u. The swag u brought to TV sportscasting will be missed and never duplicated.
— Michael Finley (@Da_Finster) January 4, 2015
The sports world lost another great one today. Stuart Scott, you were an inspiration to all of us. You'll be greatly missed. #RIPStuartScott
— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) January 4, 2015
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott made nearly every kid in my generation stop saying they wanted to be a lawyer or doctor and changed that to SportsCenter anchor
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 4, 2015
Farewell, Stuart Scott. Wishing you an eternity of fairways and greens pic.twitter.com/Kjc4bwM0UA
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 4, 2015
For those of us who live using words, today there are none. Our prayers to all who were touched by Stuart Scott's incredible love of life.
— MikeTirico (@miketirico) January 4, 2015
One of my favorite days in 18 years at ESPN: Stuart and I played golf at Disney.. just the two of us. We laughed so much…played like crap,
— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 4, 2015
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 4, 2015
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 4, 2015
Man, can't believe it, RIP Stuart Scott
— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) January 4, 2015
— Steve Smith (@SteveSmithWR) January 4, 2015
Devastating news about the passing of Stuart Scott. He was and will continue to be an inspiration to me and so many others. RIP, Stuart.
— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott had SportsCenter so live!! His punch lines were one of a kind #RIP
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) January 4, 2015
Incalculable loss. Incalculable heartache. Incalculable gratitude for having been graced by his kindness. Oh, Stu. http://t.co/DnJ9mv6FXw
— Rob King (@ESPN_RobKing) January 4, 2015
No words…Stuart Scott rest in peace..you will be missed
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) January 4, 2015
First worked w/Stu covering '96 NBA playoffs. He was so excited he was literally skipping down the street. I'll never forget that.
— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) January 4, 2015
I hope you all understand how much Stuart Scott meant to all of us. In different ways for each. Sitting next to stu was dream come true.
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachESPN) January 4, 2015
My first SC w Stuart I was in awe. He was so down to earth, treated me like we did a 100 shows. We had a blast. The great ones do that.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) January 4, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Stuart Scott. He was a great innovator and I was lucky to call him a friend.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart, I hope we can remember your example brother. #fightertilltheend
— Bruce Bowen (@Bowen12) January 4, 2015
Bro text me to ask about Stuart Scott passing…turned on TV to see it's true. Son asked me what happened…words couldn't come out. RIP STU
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) January 4, 2015
We lost one of the NBA's most beloved commentators and reporters as well as a friend to so many of us at the NBA. -Adam (1/2)
— NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott you are gone but your spirit will live on. You truly are "cool as the other side of the pillow"
— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) January 4, 2015
We are preparing for NFL Countdown with heavy hearts following the death of our beautiful colleague, Stuart Scott.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott. A good man.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott loved to have fun. Once found him hitting wiffle golf balls in the hall at 1am. Great talent & devastating loss for this world.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott was hilarious. One chaotic time, just before a show, he suddenly straightened + yelled, "U mean this is going to be TELEVISED?"
— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) January 4, 2015
Incredibly sad about the passing of @StuartScott. Words cannot express how much he will be missed. Rest in peace my friend
— Timothy Legler (@LegsESPN) January 4, 2015
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Scott and ESPN families. @StuartScott you will always be as cool as the other side of the pillow my man.
— Jon Lester (@JLester31) January 4, 2015
I can never put into words what an incredible person Stuart Scott was. Truly one of the best people I've ever met in my life.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 4, 2015
Man…RIP Stuart Scott!! Ill never forget his support of the @jlinfoundation and his inspiring determination to fight cancer!
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott U will truly be missed. I'm sending so many prayers & love to your family this morning. UR were the definition of STRENGTH
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 4, 2015
Damn!! Stuart Scott passed away,R.I.P
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) January 4, 2015
Devastated by the news about Stuart Scott. You will be missed. #RIPStuartScott
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) January 4, 2015
Damn. Stuart Scott, an original and a beauty.
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) January 4, 2015
Thank you, Stuart Scott, for the honor of working with you, for the courage and inspiration you provided all who encounter cancer. #RIP
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott we will miss your intellect, insightfulness, wit, humor, delivery and simply you being you…..RIP…
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) January 4, 2015