The Twitterverse mourned the loss of Stuart Scott after the longtime ESPN anchor and television personality died Sunday following a seven-year fight with cancer. Netizens also sent their regards to his girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski and daughters, Taelor and Sydni, after the “SportsCenter” host died at the age of 49.
Spodobalski, an insurance professional who works for UnitedHealth Group, was reportedly at Scott’s side when he died, the Heavy wrote. The two had dated for two years, so when they met, he already had been diagnosed with cancer.
Spodobalski is a Connecticut native who graduated from St. Joseph College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree, according to her LinkedIn page. She received an award for Outstanding Leadership from the Department of Business Administration, Fab Wags added.
The 26-year-old has not responded to her boyfriend’s death on her apparent Twitter account. Her handle @kspodo isn’t verified and she only shared her first name on the account. Her last tweet on Dec. 14 was about respect. “Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them,” she wrote.
She mentioned her boyfriend Dec. 8 with the hashtag #StuStrong. “Thank you to @SuzyNFL32 for your transparent presentation of love and support,” she wrote. “That was beautiful. @StuartScott #StuStrong.”
At the 2014 ESPYS, Scott, a 20-year ESPN veteran, thanked his girlfriend profusely during a moving speech in acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance award. Though she sat next to his daughter Taelor and appeared on camera, Scott did not mention Spodobalski by name but instead just said, "my girlfriend."
"ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott," ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement.
Some of the messages from the Twitterati sent to Scott's loved ones have been posted below:
My heart &' prayers goes out to his two daughters, his girlfriend, and his ex-wife. God Bless Stuart Scott. Rest In Peace.
— Nick Garza (@Nick__Garza39) January 4, 2015
In honor of Stuart Scott, enjoy his amazing ESPYs speech http://t.co/sqSEqKc4IY Condolences to his daughters, girlfriend and family
— Mitchell Lockert (@thehurtlockert) January 4, 2015
for @StuartScott daughters, girlfriend, parents, and siblings. Such a terrible loss!
— War Eagle (@auburnmd05) January 4, 2015
RIP Stuart Scott. I admire your strength & courage. Prayers go out to his girlfriend and two daughters.....
— michelle (@peverlayy) January 4, 2015
— Brad Caldwell (@brad_caldwell) January 4, 2015
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