“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.”
Those were Stuart Scott’s words at the 2014 ESPYs as he accepted his Jimmy V Perserverance Award. Sadly, today (Jan. 4), the ESPN anchor and reporter has died of cancer at 49. Having never revealed the kind of cancer he was fighting, Scott’s battle remained inspirational since his diagnosis in 2007.
“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”
Scott joined ESPN in 1993 at the start of ESPN2. Coining his “Boo-Yah” phrase, his on-screen charisma became his signature. Upon his cancer diagnosis, he would only miss tapings to undergo chemotherapy. The disease recurred in 2011 and 2013. He leaves behind two daughters: Taelor, 19,and Sydni, 15.