Stuart Scott, the legendary ESPN Anchor who’s known for the phrase "as cool as the other side of the pillow," passed away at the age of 49 after seven years of battling against cancer. Read on for more details.
It’s a sad and emotional day not only for the sports industry, but also for the entire Hollywood industry as Stuart Scott died on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2014. after a long battle against cancer.
The news was revealed by ESPN anchor Hannah Storm, who delivered a heartwarming tribute to her fellow anchor and friend. Storm struggled to deliver her message as she was quoting Scott's heartfelt message at the ESPY awards in July 2014: “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.”
Scott has made an impact in the sports industry. He was the first broadcaster to bring hip-hop and swag to conversations. He used hip-hop words “yo,” “Boo-Yah!” and “brotha” that no one else dared to use during his time, which gained him haters who criticized his unique way of reporting. He also popularized the saying “as cool as the other side of the pillow.” SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris said that Scott “brought in the barber shop, the church, R&B, soul music. Soul, period.”
The baseball world is mourning for the loss of one of the industry’s greatest anchors. MLB tweeted that they will “continue to #SU2C in his memory.” Scott's close friend, Johnny Damon, paid tribute by tweeting that Scott has set an example to everyone on how we can live life to the fullest.
Scott's impact did not only reach the baseball world, but also other fields. Tiger Woods also paid tribute through Twitter.
LeBron James posted a photo of him with Scott on his Instagram account and said that what Scott did (bringing swag and hip-hop) “can only be copied… out of RESPECT!” President Obama also paid homage to the late ESPN anchor, saying in a statement released by the White House, that Scott “has inspired us – with courage and love.”
ESPN also released a 15-minute tribute to Scott on Sunday, shortly after the news of his death was delivered.
Rest in peace, Stuart Scott. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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