ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning following a long battle with cancer. Immediately after reporting the news of his death, the cable channel released a touching nearly 15-minute video tribute to the beloved on-air personality.
In the homage, narrated by co-worker and cancer survivor Robin Roberts, Scott’s colleagues spoke glowingly about their friend. ESPN personalities Scott Van Pelt, Sage Steele, Steve Levy, John Harris, Dan Patrick and others joined network president John Skipper in praising Scott and expressing his contributions to sports broadcasting.
“He didn’t push the envelope — he bulldozed the envelope,” Patrick said.
Roberts called the North Carolina native “a new voice for a new time.”
“Thank you, Stu, for your bravery and stellar example,” she concluded the piece. “Thank you for being you — as cool as the other side of the pillow.”
Scott was first diagnosed with cancer in Nov. 2007. After a grueling battle, the disease returned in 2011. In 2013, it resurfaced once more.
Stuart Scott is survived by daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He was 49.