‘I will miss Stuart Scott’: President Obama comments on beloved ESPN anchor’s death

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WASHINGTON — President Obama is remembering Stuart Scott as a reliable presence in his life even when “public service and campaigns have kept me from my family.”

“I will miss Stuart Scott,” Obama said in a statement. “Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. … Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us — with courage and love.”

The veteran ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor died after a years-long battle with cancer, the network said Sunday. He was 49.

Scott was on the air for ESPN for 21 years, and his anchoring included coverage of NFL and NBA games.

His diagnosis came in November 2007, and ESPN said Scott “went through several surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation and clinical trials to stay strong and ward off cancer for as long as humanly possible.”