Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor known for his quick-witted catch phrases “Boo-Yah!” and “as cool as the other side of the pillow,” is being remembered by giants of the sports and media worlds.
Scott died Sunday at age 49 after a long battle with cancer, the network said in a statement.
As news of his death spread, Scott’s fellow broadcasters and the athletes that he spent years covering, paid tribute to the “SportsCenter” co-host on social media.
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President Barack Obama also joined the parade of tributes to Scott.
“I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays,” the President said in a statement tweeted by The White House. “For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, NFL Network host Rich Eisen and golf icon Tiger Woods remembered Scott as well.
Below are their tweets.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 4, 2015
Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a… http://t.co/2MMLgFR6lf
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 4, 2015
Stuart wasn't covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around. Thinking of my friend & his daughters.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 4, 2015
Words cannot express the grief. #RIPStuartScott
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 4, 2015
I can't believe he is gone. There was nobody like Stuart Scott, There will never be again. A big presence with even a bigger heart. RIP SS.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 4, 2015
Beyond being a great broadcaster, Stuart was a better father, a better person, a better man. Devastating loss for us all. Love you bro.#RIP!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 4, 2015
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 4, 2015
Mornings like this remind me of how short life can be. Carpe diem and love like there is no tomorrow. Stuart Scott, you will me missed.
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott was a great man and always so kind. An inspiration to so many, taken from us far too soon. Rest in Peace Stuart.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 4, 2015
Stu Scott's passing hit me like a ton of bricks. Rest in PEace bro you pioneered that coolest side of that sportscasting pillow. #StuSalute
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 4, 2015
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 4, 2015
We are heartbroken to report that Stuart Scott has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 49. pic.twitter.com/aI0TGwFqGU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 4, 2015