Longtime ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies at age 49

Sun Jan 4, 2015 2:48pm EST
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(Reuters) - Longtime ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, known for catchphases that became part of the lexicon of sports, has died of cancer, the network said on Sunday. He was 49.

After first being diagnosed with cancer in November 2007 following an emergency appendectomy, Scott fought through three bouts of cancer, the network said.

“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper in a statement.

During more than two decades with the network, Scott anchored ESPN's "SportsCenter," a sports news program, where he introduced such catchphrases as “boo-ya” and “as cool as the other side of the pillow.”

He also helped cover major sporting events such as the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl and the World Series and interviewed major sports figures, celebrities and politicians.

"Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays," said President Barack Obama in a statement. "Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love."

Sports superstars, such as the NBA's LeBron James, flocked to social media to remember Scott.

"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," James said on an Instagram post.

Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree. He worked at television stations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida before joining ESPN in 1993.   Continued...

A picture of ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott is displayed on the scoreboard at Quicken Loans Arena during a moment of silence before the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports