and play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fred McLeod, died at
67. The cause of death has yet to be released, and the information was
confirmed by several sources, including the Cavaliers.
LeBron James took to Twitter to send his prayers to his family.
“Man WHAT!!!!??? OMG this is extremely sad. @CavsFredMcLeod May you rest in Paradise my friend! @BethHMcLeod my prayers sent up above to you and your family!!”
The Cleveland Cavaliers confirmed McLeod’s death.
“It’s with extreme sadness we share news of the unexpected passing of a beloved member of our Cavaliers family. We extend our deepest condolences to Fred’s entire family.”
“It is with the most
extreme sadness that the Cleveland Cavaliers share that Cavs and Fox Sports
Ohio play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died suddenly Monday evening,” the Cavs’ statement read. “The
entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and
teammate. Fred’s deep love for Cleveland and the Cavaliers was clearly evident
in everything he did in and around the community and on-air during his more
than 1,000 Cavalier game broadcasts. He was a true, heart-felt ambassador for
the team, fans and entire greater Cleveland community.”
FOX Sports Ohio released a statement, too.
“Fred was among the
NBA’s most respected play-by-play voices and an incredible ambassador for both
the Cleveland Cavaliers and FOX Sports Ohio. His smooth delivery and passion
for both NBA Basketball and particularly the Cavaliers, created an
unforgettable soundtrack to some of the most iconic moments in Cleveland sports
history. Off the air, he was a friend and trusted teammate. He will be greatly
missed, and we send our heart-felt sympathies to his wife, Beth, and his entire
McLeod played baseball and basketball. He became a broadcasting name in
1974, and worked in Missouri and Steubenville. He did the play-by-play
commentary for the Cleveland Indian games in 1979, and then spent some time in
San Francisco. He was eventually an announcer for the Detroit Pistons, and
stayed on that position until he returned to Cleveland.
Detroit Pistons organization expresses tremendous sorrow upon receiving news
regarding the unexpected passing of Fred McLeod.
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.
send our deepest condolences to his wife, Beth, and his entire family during
this most difficult time.”