Stuart Scott Dies After 21 Years with ESPN
As one of the most recognizable faces on ESPN today, Stuart’s death comes as a surprise to all the fans he addressed and professional athletes he covered. He spent more than 21 years at the network and was the staple of SportsCenter. Friends and colleagues say that his style of hosting changed how the network was defined.
“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” stated ESPN president John Skipper in statement. “He leaves a void that can never be replaced.”
Stuart Scott’s Cancer Battle
Stuart was first diagnosed with cancer shortly after complaining about feeling sick during a Steelers-Dolphins Monday Night Football game back in November 2007. During surgery, physicians found a malignancy; shortly thereafter the sports anchor was diagnosed with abdominal cancer.
Though Stuart began undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments to battle the disease, even showing signs of remission, he publicly announced that his cancer returned. Again, in early 2012, he experienced remission of his cancer, but it came back in January 2013.
Stuart continued to work as much as he possibly could, determined not to let his illness take away what he loved to do most: report sports news. He tried rigorous workouts, including cross-training and martial arts, to fight back the cancer and in attempt to live a normal existence, while facing his anything but normal ordeal.
“I never ask what stage (cancer) I’m in,” Scott said in a recent interview with the New York Times. “I haven’t wanted to know. It won’t change anything to me. All I know is that it would cause more worry and a higher degree of freakout. Stage 1, 2 or 8, it doesn’t matter. I’m trying to fight it the best I can.”
Stuart Scott’s Wife
Stuart was married between 1993 and 2007 to Kimberly Scott and the couple had two daughters, Taelor and Sydni, while together. Prior to his death, Stuart was dating Kristin Spodobalski.
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott dead at 49 after long bout with cancer – New York Daily News
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ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dead at 49 – TIME