Shock as TV star tragically passes away today

The news industry and sports world is in mourning today following the death of ESPN sportscaster and anchor Stuart Scott.

49-year-old Stuart, who passed away this morning after a seven year battle with cancer, was a much-loved host on ESPN and his colleague Hannah Storm struggled to hold back tears when announcing the passing of her co-worker today.

Calling him an ‘inspiration’, Hannah recalled Stuart’s approach to both life and cancer and there was little doubt that Stuart’s co-worker was genuinely touched by her late colleague’s bravery in the face of such a frightening illness.

Stuart hosted SportsCentre and during his 21 years with ESPN became a much-loved and very popular member of the team. The father-of-two was credited with helping define the network’s style and quickly became known for his catchphrases and quirky sayings.

ESPN president John Skipper commented on Stuart’s untimely demise, saying: “ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott. He leaves a void that can never be replaced.”

Our thoughts are with Stuart’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.