Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod dies at 67

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Published 11:03 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019 | Updated 11:48 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideCleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died late Monday night at the age of 67, the Cavaliers announced Tuesday.McLeod, who had a fixture on Detroit television in the 1980s and ’90s, returned to his native Ohio in 2006, as play-by-play announcer for Cavaliers broadcasts on Fox Sports Ohio.”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 Cavaliers said in a statement on their website. “The entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate.”McLeod, who spent this summer doing TV for Detroit Lions preseason games, had been a fixture on Detroit television in the 1980s and ’90s, where he spent more than two decades as the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons.McLeod began his broadcasting career in 1974 and made stops in Missouri, California and Ohio, where he was the play-by-play voice for both Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians broadcasts in 1979, before coming to Michigan.He worked Lions’ preseason games from 1983-88, with cornerback Lem Barney as the analyst, and this summer partnered with Chris Spielman on TV.He was a part of the Pistons’ telecasts, first on PASS Sports and then on Fox Sports Detroit, from 1984 until 2006. He also called Tigers games for PASS and FSD from 1995-97.McLeod is survived by his wife, Beth, a meteorologist at Fox8 in Cleveland, his mother Marilyn, sister Lynn, and three children, Sean, Jenna and Molly.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!! 🙏🏾❤️❤️❤️ #RIPFred— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 10, 2019Shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Fred McLeod. He was a student of the game. He loved the CAVS but even more so the fans…Fred worked his ass off for the city of Cleveland and the NBA. Praying and sending my best to his wife Beth and kids.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) September 10, 2019

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