After a seven year battle with cancer, Stuart Scott, a man who made Sportscenter appointment television for many young African-American broadcasters and became a signature voice for ESPN in the 2000s, died early Sunday morning. He was 49.

Arriving at ESPN in 1993 with the launch of ESPN 2, Scott quickly became one of the more noted and fun personalities on Sportscenter, teaming with current NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen to form arguably one of the best Sportscenter duos in history. Scott brought with him from his North Carolina roots a lexicon packed with pop culture references, flair, hip-hop slang and more, much of which endured throughout his career.

Scott, who discovered he had cancer in 2007, fought the disease and beat it twice. Serving as an inspiration for many at the network and beyond, Scott’s lasting legacy will be two things, his constant approach to professionalism while at the anchor desk and his 2014 ESPYs speech.

Scott is survived by his two daughters, with whom he called his personal inspiration. Scott’s career at ESPN will be met with many of accolades, interviewing two sitting US Presidents as well as some of the greatest athletes in history. He will be terribly missed.

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