Name: Stuart Orlando Scott
Born: July 19, 1965 (Death: January 4, 2015)
The world lost a sports icon on Sunday, January 4, 2015 when Stuart Scott passed away after an ongoing battle with cancer.
Stuart Scott was born in Chicago, Illinois and was one of four children. He went to college at the University of North Carolina, where he was an on-air personality for the student radio station when he wasn’t playing on the school’s club football team.
After graduating college, Scott went on to work as a weekend sports anchor for WPDE-TV in South Carolina and then later as a news reporter for WRAL-TV in North Carolina. In the early 90’s he moved on to WESH in Orlando, Florida, where he was a formal sports reporter and anchor. Past coworkers have always spoken of Scott as a pleasant, friendly person who treated them like family; and it was Gus Ramsey of WESH who was once reported as saying he just knew Scott would be a “big start somewhere someday.”
And he was.
In the early 2000’s, Scott was hired by ESPN2, particularly because his style appealed to the younger sports audience. Stuart Scott eventually took Keith Olbermann’s SportsNight anchor chair and became a regular on SportsCenter. Regular jobs include NBA and NFL coverage as well as appearances in ESPN the Magazine, as host on sports and reality shows like Stump the Schwab and Dream Job, and a one-time sports edition of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Stuart Scott married Kimberly Scott in 1993 and the couple remained married until 2007, having two children. He was most recently in a relationship with Kristin Spodobalski.
Scott’s battle with cancer began in 2007 when he went to the hospital for an appendectomy. During the procedure, doctors found a malignant tumor that later required additional surgery and testing. He underwent serious surgery and chemotherapy, throughout which he continued to exercise and work. The cancer returned in 2011 and went into remission again before reappearing in 2013. It is reported that he continued to exercise throughout dozens of chemotherapy infusions but in July of 2014 revealed to the public that he’d had 4 surgeries in a week because of health complications.
During that ESPY Awards appearance, Scott is quoted as telling his audience, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Stuart Scott died on January 4, 2015.
Stuart Scott’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated at approximately $15 million.