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Over the weekend, news broke of the of the death of longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. Scott died of cancer at the age of 49, according to an ESPN press release.

“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 the statement.

Scott had been public about his long fight with the disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2007. He remained highly active throughout his treatment, using mixed martial arts training to counteract the effects of chemotherapy.

Scott’s co-anchor, Rich Eisen was working live on NFL Network when he heard the news, and stopped the broadcast to deliver a heartfelt tribute to Scott.