ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away Sunday morning at the age of 49, the network has announced. Scott had been courageously battling cancer since 2007.
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Scott joined the network in 1993 and immediately became one of its most popular personalities. ESPN has released a statement on Scott's legacy. Below is a snippet. You can read the entire piece here.
Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man -- from his signature "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow" to "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
That man is Stuart Scott, and his contributions to the sports lexicon are writ large. But they are only one aspect of his legacy. When he passed away, he left behind so much more. He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century. He spoke to the very athletes he was talking about with a flair and a style that ESPN President John Skipper says, "changed everything."
Scott recently accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2014 ESPYS. His speech was incredibly moving.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott's family and friends.