ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott died Sunday, spurring an emotional reaction from the sports world.
LeBron James said Scott brought “that swag to reporting” and was “a breath of fresh air” on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Tiger Woods called Scott a hero.
Kobe Bryant credited Scott’s style with changing sports broadcasting.
Many sited Scott’s zest for life and thoughtfulness as a sources of inspiration.
Here is some of the reaction from his colleagues at ESPN, fellow sports journalists, athletes, and other sports figures:
For those of us who live using words, today there are none. Our prayers to all who were touched by Stuart Scott's incredible love of life.— MikeTirico (@miketirico) January 4, 2015
I can't believe he is gone. There was nobody like Stuart Scott, There will never be again. A big presence with even a bigger heart. RIP SS.— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 4, 2015
Stuart...Scott...Van Pelt. Man, we had fun out there. Crushed beyond description for all his families, including ours. RIP, my brother— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 4, 2015
I can never put into words what an incredible person Stuart Scott was. Truly one of the best people I've ever met in my life.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 4, 2015
Stuart Scott was soooooo good at what he did. But he treated the rest of us like his peers, when clearly we weren't.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 4, 2015
First worked w/Stu covering '96 NBA playoffs. He was so excited he was literally skipping down the street. I'll never forget that.— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) January 4, 2015
The loudest laughs, the kindest words. The best kind of friend.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 4, 2015
Missing you already, Stu.
Truly saddened to wake up and hear about the passing of Stuart Scott. Honored to have known him. Rest in peace my friend you will be missed.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) January 4, 2015
My deepest condolences go out to Stuart's family and his two daughters. We have lost an amazing person and you will not be forgotten.— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) January 4, 2015
Stuart wasn't covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around. Thinking of my friend & his daughters.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 4, 2015
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Can't believe you're gone from us! I am deeply saddened because not only will not be replaced as a anchor or reporter but more than that as a genuine cool person. What u did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied(which I hear it today on tv watching sports). I would say not because they stealing your swag, it's all out of RESPECT! It was always a breath of fresh fun air when u would show up and we'd chat up. Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn't a player but was close enough to them. #RIPStuartScott #FuqCancer #GoneButSurelyNotForgotten
RIP Stuart Scott you inspired many and changed the way people looked at sports... Forever as cool as the other side of the pillow— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) January 4, 2015