As reported ESPN’s Stuart Scott died Sunday morning at the age of 49 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The sports TV personality leaves behind two daughters, an ex-wife and a girlfriend. Scott also left behind a body of work that appealed to a lot of fans: the everyday man and plenty of boldface names like LeBron James and President Obama.
Here are just some of the tributes paid to Scott by fans, colleagues and friends:
“I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.” — President Obama
“Can’t believe you’re gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a anchor or reporter but more than that as a genuine cool person. What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied (which I hear it today on tv watching sports). I would say not because they stealing your swag, it’s all out of RESPECT! It was always a breath of fresh fun air when u would show up and we’d chat up. Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn’t a player but was close enough to them. #RIPStuartScott #FuqCancer #GoneButSurelyNotForgotten.” — LeBron James
“#StuartScottSayings changed the game #BOOYAH #donthatetheplayerhatethegame. R.I.P to a sportscasting Legend.” — Kobe Bryant
“Truly saddened to wake up and hear about the passing of Stuart Scott. Honored to have known him. Rest in peace my friend you will be missed.” — Johnny Manziel
“He was as cool as the other side of the pillow & will be missed. Prayers up @StuartScott & family #RIPStuartScott #RIPStuartScott.” — Robert Griffin III
“I got met Stuart Scott. For a boy who loved sports it was like meeting a hero. He will always be cooler than the other side of the pillow!” — Logan Morrison
The only interview that mattered was the Stuart Scott interview on the last day of the NBA season #RIPStuartScott.” — Mark Cuban
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Stuart Scott. He was a great innovator and I was lucky to call him a friend.” — Barry Sanders
“Bro text me to ask about Stuart Scott passing…turned on TV to see it’s true. Son asked me what happened…words couldn’t come out. RIP STU.” — Desmond Howard
“Rip @StuartScott. You did it right, @SportsCenter will never be the same. #GoneButNeverForgotten.” — Russell Wilson
“You will hear a common theme from the people closest to Stuart Scott…he was always full of life and cancer did not stop that.” — Donte Stallworth
“Rest in peace, Stuart Scott. A genuinely good guy.” — Bill Simmons
“Stuart wasn’t covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around. Thinking of my friend & his daughters.” — Tiger Woods
Scott, who as a “SportsCenter” anchor was one of the sports network’s most visible personalities, had battled cancer since 2007.
“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said during a speech at the ESPY Awards last year. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell.”