"Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love," said President Obama of the noted sports anchor.
Sports anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning at the age of 49.
According to ESPN, Scott who worked as an anchor for the network and ABC sports for 21 years lost his battle with cancer.
He was diagnosed in 2007 and dealt with reoccurring bouts of the disease over the years.
Known for his catchphrases such as “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” Scott was one of the most noted figures in sports television.
While accepting an award for perseverance at the ESPY’s in July, Scott spoke about his battle with cancer saying, “”When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.”
ESPN President John Skipper expressed the loss of the network in a statement.
“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott. Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? 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.”
President Obama was one of the many who offered fond memories of Scott and condolences to his family.
“I will miss Stuart Scott,” Obama said in a statement. “Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Scott leaves behind his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, parents O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott and girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.
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