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WATCH: Hannah Storm fights back back tears delivering news of Stuart Scott’s death

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Posted at 9:02 PM, Jan 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-04 21:02:01-05

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN’s Hannah Storm fought back back tears while sharing the news of Stuart Scott’s death on Sunday.

“Our colleague, our friend, and our inspiration Stuart Scott passed away earlier today,” Storm said.

Scott, a veteran anchor on ESPN, died Sunday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 49.

He built a career as a sports anchor, but his eloquent observations on his battle with cancer, and the encouragement and motivation to others fighting the disease, made him a role model.

“When you die, that does not mean you lose to cancer,” Scott said in the July speech at the ESPY Awards. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”

It is a line that anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer can take comfort in, and one being repeated much on Sunday, following Scott’s death.

Rich Eisen, a sportscaster for NFL Network who was previously Scott’s SportsCenter partner at ESPN, asked for prayers for Scott’s family during an emotional segment Sunday.

“He battled cancer as bravely as anybody else, and I know there many people out there who are battling cancer right now,” Eisen said. “Stuart would want you to know to keep fighting.”

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.