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ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Dies, 49

Veteran ESPN personality Stuart Scott died after al ong battle with cancer, the network announced Sunday morning.

Scott, 49, joined ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2 and quickly became a leading voice on ESPN’s flagship sports news program SportsCenter. During his 21-year career at the sports network, he hosted a variety of sports programs, including NFL and NBA programing and covered such big sports events as the NBA Finals, Super Bowl, Major League Baseball playoff and the World Series.

Scott had also worked as a regular contributor to ESPN: The Magazine, ESPN Radio, and ESPN.com.

“ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott,” said ESPN president John Skipper in a statement.  “Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments?   Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?  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 is survived by his two daugthers, Taelor and Sydni, his parents O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; and his three siblings -- veteran cable executive Susan Scott, Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney, and their families.

(See a Good Morning America feature on Stuart Scott with Robin Roberts from ESPNMediaZone on Vimeo.)

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.