Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died on Sunday morning following a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 49.
Scott joined ESPN in 1993, and did some of his first on-camera work as part of ESPN2’s SportsSmash segments. When Keith Olbermann moved from SportsNight to SportsCenter, Scott succeeded him in the anchor chair.
“He was like a ball of fire walking in the door,” ESPN SVP Mark Gross recalls of Scott’s arrival. “I had never met anybody like Stuart Scott.”
Scott — whose contributions also included Monday Night Countdown and NBA coverage for ABC — coined many a catchphrase during his 21-year run, including his trademark “Boo-Yah!” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow.”
At this summer’s ESPYS awards ceremony, in accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance on the heels of another round of cancer surgery, Scott shared: “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.”
Scott is survived by his two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.
Below, ESPN’s Hannah Storm delivers the emotional news of Scott’s passing: