Longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott dies at 49
(Charlotte Observer) NEW YORK – Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49, ESPN.com is reporting.
ESPN said in a statement:
“He inspired his colleagues with his sheer talent, his work ethic and his devotion to his daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15. He defied convention and criticism to help bring this network into a new century.”
ESPN noted that Stuart was born in Chicago, but spent his formative years in North Carolina, where their father was a postal inspector who always had time to play after work.
Stuart went to Richard J. Reynolds High in Winston-Salem and then the University of North Carolina, where he joined Alpha Phi Alpha and worked at the student radio station, WXYC. After graduating in 1987 with a degree in speech communication, Stuart was hired by WPDE-TV in Florence, S.C.
His career path took him from Florence to Raleigh to Orlando, Fla., and then joined joined ESPN2 at the network’s launch in 1993 as the host of SportsNight.
Scott, who received a standing ovation during his acceptance of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPY Awards in July, addressed his uncertain future at the time.
“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.”