*As we reported earlier, ESPN’s Stuart Scott died Sunday morning at the age of 49 on Sunday morning after succumbing to 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 some of the biggest names in sports and other wise like LeBron James and President Obama.
Here is how the president, LeBron, Kobe and others paid tribute to Scott after it was announced that he passed away.
“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.”