ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died from cancer at the age of 49 on Jan. 4, 2015.
“You lived your life with a fierce sense of authenticity, passion and competitiveness, giving it your all and reaching for the best in everything you did,” they wrote in the letter. “When you were diagnosed with cancer, you showed the world how to fight with that same fierce passion, instilling a sense of hope and inspiration to so many. And in the end you taught us all how to win – live or die – by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.
From you Dad, we’ve learned to reach for the fight we possess inside and apply it with passion to our lives. It was through your vulnerability, that you taught us the real value of strength in never giving up.”
The letter was also accompanied by the video below:
Scott was first diagnosed with cancer in November 2007, when his appendix was removed and doctors discovered a tumor. It returned four years later and then again in 2013. The University of North Carolina alum was very public and open about his bout with cancer. Scott was presented the Jimmy V Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards.
Since his passing, Scott has been honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame for the UNC School of Journalism and the National Association of Black Journalists, who partnered with ESPN to form an internship position in his name.
Fellow past and present ESPN employees wrote their own letters to Scott on social media:
Celebrities and athletes also shared their memories:
- Christopher Chavez