CELEBRITIES AND ATHLETES REACT TO STUART SCOTT'S PASSING

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The sporting world will never be the same. Sunday morning saw the light go out on one of the most influential people in sport’s commentary.

Celebrities such as actor Samuel L. Jackson, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick took to Twitter on Sunday to mourn the death of longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died that morning at age 49.

The sports TV personality and father of two daughters passed away on Jan. 4 after battling cancer on and off since 2007.

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Major professional sports leagues also paid their respects to Scott, one of ESPN’s most popular anchors who often hosted the network’s flagship program SportsCenter and was known for his many catchphrases, including “Boo-Yah!”

His former SportsCenter co-anchor, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network, paid tribute to his late friend in a tearful and beautiful speech on TV.

Here are several more reactions:
1. Samuel L. Jackson:
“I had a lot of laughs with Stuart Scott & he was truly one of the Good Guys, beginning to end. RIP on da cool side of the pillow!!”

2. Danica Patrick:
“Mornings like this remind me of how short life can be. Carpe diem and love like there is no tomorrow. Stuart Scott, you will me missed.”
3. Eva Longoria:
“My heart goes out to StuartScott’s family. He was a bright light in this world and will be missed by many…@ESPN #RIPStuartScott.”
4. Sherri Shepherd:
“Just learned of @StuartScott’s passing… worked w him once 12 years ago & always remembered a gentleman w a wicked sense of humor #RIP.”
“Prayers out to @StuartScott’s family … esp his two daughters Taelor & Sydni for whom he had so much love. #beautifuldad.”
5. Nick Jonas:
“Devastated by the news about StuartScott. You will be missed. #RIPStuartScott.”
6. Ben McKenzie:
“So sad to hear of Stuart Scott’s passing. He was an absolute gentleman, and one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. RIP Stuart.”
7. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers forward:
“RIP Stuart Scott you inspired many and changed the way people looked at sports… Forever as cool as the other side of the pillow.”
8. Jesse Williams:
“Heartbreaking loss of @StuartScott today. Hard work, individuality, humor, intelligence & grace personified. Rest in peace friend, & thanks.”

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9. Mark Cuban:
“RIP Stuart Scott. You will never be forgotten.”
10. Jake Owen:
“I used eat breakfast with TV on, with my twin bro Jarrod before school, just to see what @StuartScott would say on SportsCenter. #booyah.”
“After school we’d lower the basketball goal in the front yard so we could have a dunk contest. I’d always throw a #Booyah on em. RIP Stuart.”
11. Elizabeth Banks:
“RIP Stuart Scott. Met him at a Celtics playoff game years ago, and he was so alive, so happy. Thoughts w/ his daughters.”
12. Alyssa Milano:
“Rest with the sports angels, Stuart Scott.”
13. Lil Wayne:
“Stuart Scott 1 of a kind. U will be missed forever”
14. Jordin Sparks:
“RIP @StuartScott. You inspired me so much. You finished your race, fighting all the way. Praying for your loved ones & family.
15. Andy Roddick:
“I grew up w Stuart Scott guiding me through sports ……. I hate this news .. RIP”
16. Colin Hanks:
“Stuart Scott struck me as The Coolest Guy w the coolest job. He changed sports broadcasting forever, bringing humor, diversity, and humanity.”
17. LeVar Burton:
“RIP, Stuart Scott… May Angels guide thee on your way! #booyah”
18. The Iron Sheik:
“GOD BLESS THE STUART SCOTT FOREVER I LOVE HIM.”
19. Ken Jeong:

20. Chris Evans:
“RIP Stuart Scott. You were as cool as the other side of the pillow #booya.”
21. Kevin Hart:
“RIP Stuart Scott. U will truly be missed. I’m sending so many prayers & love to your family this morning. UR were the definition of STRENGTH.”
22. Erin Andrews:
“One of my favorite Stuart Scott memories..talking to him about his daughters & how he’d watch dance shows with them at night..  #Booyah.”
23. Justin Timberlake:
“A pioneer in sports and an amazing person. That voice and that energy! You will be missed, Mr. Scott. #booyah #RIPStuartScott”
24. Kobe Bryant:
“#StuartScottSayings changed the game #BOOYAH #donthatetheplayerhatethegame R.I.P to a sportscasting Legend.”
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The National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and World Wrestling Entertainment also paid tribute to Scott.
The NFL, via the NFL Network Twitter page:
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of friend & colleague Stuart Scott. We will miss him greatly. #RIPStuartScott.”
The MLB:
“All of @MLB extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of @ESPN anchor Stuart Scott,” read a tweet posted on its official Twitter page. “We will continue to #SU2C in his memory.”
The NBA:
“We lost one of the NBA’s most beloved commentators and reporters as well as a friend to so many of us at the NBA. Our deepest condolences to Stuart Scott’s family and colleagues at ESPN.”

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WWE, via its WWE Universe Twitter page:
“A sad #BOOYAH to @ESPN’s @StuartScott, who passed away from cancer. He changed sports broadcasting forever.”

May he R.I.P and call it how he sees from heaven above! #booyah

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