Legendary ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.
The ESPN announcer has long been a staple in sports entertainment news and eventually became known across the globe for creating a ton catchphrases like “Boo-yah,” “Call him butter, he’s on a roll” and “Cooler than the other side of the pillow.”
In 2007, Stuart was first diagnosed with cancer of the appendix while undergoing an appendectomy. Later, in 2011, doctors found tumors in his small intestine. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, he was cancer free until 2014 when he revealed he’d been diagnosed again.
Last Summer, Stuart was awarded the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPYS.
Just days before he accepted his award, his health took a turn for the worse and he underwent four surgeries in the week leading up to the awards show.
During his acceptance speech he said,
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott told the audience. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Stuart is survived by his girlfriend, Kristen Spodobalski, and his two daughters Taelor (19) and Sydni (15).