Updated 08:27 AM EST, Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Stuart Scott Dead: World Mourns Death of ESPN Newscaster

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Popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott succumbed to cancer on Sunday morning at the age of 49.

The well-loved personality, who rose to fame when he became part of ESPN's "SportsCenter" in the 1990s, according to News Observer, received outpouring tributes and condolences from various personalities and even on social media.

"[He was] a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure and 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 replace," said ESPN President John Skipper in a statement.

The sportscaster, according to Daily Mail, had appendiceal cancer which was diagnosed in 2007. It noted that his appendix was already removed but the disease still returned four years later.

It was a tough recovery period for Scott as he had to undergo 58 infusions of chemotherapy and three abdomen surgeries, Daily Mail added.

With his demise, News Observer also noted that President Obama even considered Scott as someone who "helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day's best plays."

"Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us - with courage and love," the U.S. President added in a statement he wrote and was released by the White House.

In July, Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPNYs where he gave a moving speech about his battle versus cancer.

"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. So live, live, fight like hell," Scott said during his speech.

It was also noted by News Observer that the death of Scott received widespread attention from basketball stars such as LeBron James and Michael Jordan, and even golf star Tiger Woods.

On his Instagram account, James posted a photo of him and Scott with the caption: "Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as an anchor or reporter but more than that as a genuine cool person. What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied(which I hear it today on tv watching sports). I would say not because they stealing your swag, it's all out of RESPECT! It was always a breath of fresh fun air when u would show up and we'd chat up. Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn't a player but was close enough to them."

A similar New York Post report said that Scott will be greatly remembered for his smiling face on the camera and the famous catchphrases that has already been inked in the minds of televiewers.

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