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Rest In Peace…
Sunday morning, America lost a longtime anchor at ESPN, Stuart Scott. He passed away at the age of 49.
Here’s what ESPN had to say:
“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.”
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Scott was battling cancer since 2007. Last summer, Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs on July 16 where he finally spoke about his fight with cancer. He emphasized that it was his two daughters, Taelor and Sydni, that kept him fighting: “Taelor and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you.”
That same night Scott left us with a memorable message, more particularly, those who were fighting the same battle as him:
When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest, and let somebody else fight for you.
Scott who was born in Chicago but spent most of his formative years in North Carolina, worked for ESPN for 21 years, and was able to stand out and become one of the network’s most recognizable anchors on SportsCenter due to his charm and charisma.
“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. He continued, “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.”
We will forever remember Stuart Scott and his famous catchphrase “Boo-Yah” and he will forever be “As cool as the other side of the pillow.”
Scott is survived by his parents O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott, and his three siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney, Susan Scott, his daughters Taelor,19, and Sydni, 15, and girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski who stayed by his side throughout his battle with the disease.
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Scott’s family and friends.
Sherley Boursiquot —@sherleybee_