Veteran ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott has died after a years-long battle with cancer.
He was 49 years old.
The network confirmed the sad news today.
CNN has a look back at Scott’s life and career.
A popular host at ESPN, Stuart Scott was a charismatic, colorful personality.
His popularity soared because of stylish catch phrases and an ebullient on air persona.
In 2007, Scott began a long, public battle with cancer.
In 2014, he was honored for his fight at the ESPY Awards, and he talked about refusing to let the disease defeat him.
“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 (applause),” Scott said.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments have kept Scott away from his work at ESPN off and on throughout the years.
His spirit and fight never wavered though, even tweeting as recent as November that despite reports he’d been moved to hospice care, they were wrong.
“Rumor about me in hospice. Not true. Airball. Swing and a miss. I continue treatment for cancer, and missed some work, but hospice? No. Fighting? Yes!” Scott wrote.
His two daughters have inspired him.
“Taylor and Syndi, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heartbeat. I’m standing on this stage here tonight because of you. My littlest angel is here. My 14-year-old. Syndi, come up here and give dad a hug because I need one. Have a great rest of your life,” Scott said.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said:“I will miss Stuart Scott. 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.”
STUART SCOTT (1965-2015)