Stuart Scott, the longtime ESPN anchor who helped herald in the network's now ubiquitous popularity, has died age 49, the company announced Sunday.
Scott had been battling cancer for several years, and he finally succumbed to effects of the disease.
ESPN president John Skipper says Scott was "a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure" and that 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."
Scott first joined the network in 1993 to host ESPN2's "SportsNight" program. He eventually went on to become one of the most popular hosts of its flagship "SportsCenter" program, and he made hamous a slew of catchphrases. He also covered a host of regular season and playoff games for the networks in a few major sports.
The longtime anchor also became known for a more brash style of hosting and interviewing that helped him become as popular as some of the celebrity athletes he covered.
"He didn't just push the envelope," sports radio host and former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick told the network. "He bulldozed it."
Scott is survived by two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.