Stuart Scott’s passing on the morning of January 4 came as a shock to many, and ESPN SportsCenter host Hannah Storm had the unfortunate task of breaking the news of Scott’s passing on the air.
Stuart was a longtime staple of SportsCenter, and shaped the way sports media was viewed. According to Sporting News, he made sports media seem cool. And made sports media seem fun. He was also seen as a pioneer for African-Americans in the industry.
While trying to maintain composure during the live broadcast, Hannah stated that she was “fortunate” to work with Stuart and to be able to witness him live life to the fullest, despite his battle with cancer.
Storm worked alongside Stuart for nearly ten years, and through tears, paid tribute to Stuart with an emotional eulogy about the renowned sports anchor.
“I have some very sad news to report to you this morning. Our colleague, or friend, and our inspiration Stuart Scott passed away earlier today.
“At July’s ESPY awards, Stuart Scott told the audience: ‘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.’
“Since 1993, those of us here at ESPN fortunate enough to work with Stuart saw how he lived. And in the past seven years as he fought cancer, we saw why he lived. For his daughters, Taelor and Sydni. And so today we choose not to say that Stuart lost to cancer at the age of 49. Instead, we’ll simply say we all lost Stuart.”
Stuart Scott passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 49.