ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott passed away on Sunday, AFP reports. The 49-year-old lost a 7-year battle with cancer.
Scott, whose signature expression, “Booyah!” had spread beyond the sports world and whose pop culture references gained him fans not only in the United States, but all over the globe, has joined ESPN in 1993. In over two decades, he anchored the network’s flagship SportsCenter shows, hosted the NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown and covered the NBA on both ESPN and ABC.
On Sunday, Stuart Scott passed away, after dealing with recurrent cancers for seven years. He was first diagnosed in late 2007.
Of his experience with cancer, he actually said that it is not a lost battle with the disease: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer”, he told a large audience, in July, at the 2014 ESPY Awards. He then explained: “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
A huge number of Scott’s fans tweeted their regret for his passing and their sympathy. Among them, golf giant Tiger Woods, who wrote “Stuart wasn’t covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around”, adding that Scott and his daughters are in his thoughts.
Basketball superstar LeBron James tweeted: “What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied.”
Even President Barack Obama, who was a huge sports fan and a fan of Scott’s, had something emotional to say about the man that “twenty years ago helped usher in a new way to talk about our favourite teams and the day’s best plays” adding that “Stu” was, until the end, an inspiration.