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Stuart Scott's Death

Stuart Scott

The life and death of Stuart Scott:

He was a sportscaster who could turn a clever phrase, like "cool as the other side of a pillow". And he had a lot of fans and followers in his years as a sportscaster and anchor on the ESPN network, many of whom watched his long and ultimately unsuccessful struggle with cancer.

Born in Chicago, Stuart Orlando Scott was one of fourth children of O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott. He grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina, where he was on air talent at the student run radio station.

He graduated in 1987 with a degree in speech communication and later moved on to TV work in the Carolinas.

From 1990-1993 he worked at the NBC affiliate in Orlando where he came to the attention of the folks at ESPN and was hired because they though younger viewers would relate to him.

Stuart Scott working for ESPN

He was known for catch phrases like "Call him butter, he's on a roll."

He and his wife Kimberly married in 1997…

Stuart Scott and his wife

…and they had two daughters before their 2007 divorce.

At the time of his death, he was in a relationship with Kristin Spodobalski.

Stuart Scott and Kristin Spodobalski

In 2007, Scott was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix, which then spread to other parts of his body.

After going into remission, he was diagnosed with cancer again in 2011 and 2013.

Stuart was honored at the 2014 ESPY Wards, months before his disease claimed him and made a moving speech.

Stuart Scott died of cancer at age 49. President Barack Obama said "Over the years her entertained us and in the he inspired us – with courage and love."

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