Sports broadcaster Stuart Scott died Jan. 4, 2015, and his two daughters, Taelor and Sydni, honored their late father by posting a video tribute to him on the one-year anniversary of his death.
In the video, Taelor and Syndi recount some memories they shared with their dad, including the time Taelor took photos of him at the hospital. “It was like back when I was little,” she said. “It was the best time we got to spend together in years.”
“The hardest thing is probably being very lonely,” she continued. “He was a father, but he was also a friend during that time. And I feel like I’ve lost a friend.”
Scott publicly battled with cancer for many years before dying of the disease at the age of 49, but he was known for his optimistic perspective on living with cancer. “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” he said when he accepted the Jimmy V Perserverance Award at the 2014 ESPYs. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
His daughters repeated this sentiment both in the video and in a letter they penned together. “When you were diagnosed with cancer, you showed the world how to fight with that same fierce passion, instilling a sense of hope and inspiration to many,” they wrote. “And in the end you taught us all how to win — live or die — by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”
Read the letter here, and watch the video above.