Upon hearing that he was diagnosed with cancer, Stuart Scott became involved in mixed martial arts.
A support of the world of MMA, Scott passed away Sunday at the age of 49 due to the disease.
“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” ESPN president John Skipper said. “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments? Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?
“His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”
Doctors first found the cancer in 2007. It returned in 2011 and a year later. Scott anchored SportsCenter, hosted Monday Night Countdown and was a guiding light for the network.
On a personal note, I had a brief – extremely brief – interaction with Scott on Twitter during my coverage of a UFC card. His complimentary words about my play-by-play were taken with great love from one of the most respected members of the journalism community.