Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Cleveland Cavaliers beloved play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod dies

Cleveland Cavs Announcer Fred McLeod Dead at 67 Former Detroit sportscaster Fred McLeod dies at 67
Shannon Reynolds | 11 September, 2019, 00:43

In light of McLeod's passing, former Cavs superstar LeBron James posted a heart-felt dedication on Twitter with his condolences. Serving as a Pistons broadcaster from 1984-2006, Fred touched the lives of many colleagues, players, and fans through his kindness, his enthusiasm for the team, his storytelling and his passion for the game of basketball.

James, who has spent 11 seasons of his 16-season NBA career with Cleveland, also quote-tweeted a video of McLeod's call as time expired in the Cavaliers' Game 7 win over the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Championship.

Beloved Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died suddenly Monday night. after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

The team released a statement Tuesday morning, saying, "The entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate". He recently celebrated his 36th season in broadcasting.

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Fred was born and grew up in nearby Strongsville, Ohio. He also served as the team's Executive Producer for Multimedia.

While in Detroit, McLeod spent 22 seasons announcing Detroit Pistons games, prior to returning home to join the Cavaliers in 2006.

To add to his impressive resume, just this summer, McLeod became the new play-by-play voice for the Detroit Lions preseason games.

Fred was a multiple regional Emmy Award victor as part of the Fox Sports Ohio Cavs broadcast crew, along with his beloved game broadcast partner Austin Carr.

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