Fred McLeod, Cleveland Cavalier’s play-by-play announcer, has died suddenly on Monday night, the team announced in a statement. However, the team said there have been no details about the cause of his death. He was 67 years old.
McLeod was the Cavalier’s announcer on FOX Sports Ohio since 2006 and he was about to serve for the 14th consecutive season.
Also known as Cavs, the Cleveland Cavaliers said in a statement, “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. The Cavaliers extend our deepest condolences to Fred’s entire family, including his wife Beth, mother Marilyn, sister Lynn, and his three children, Sean, Jenna, Molly and each of their families,” the statement continued.
He also spent a lot of time as a TV announcer for Indians in the 1979 MLB season. He also called games for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.
McLeod was also the executive producer for multimedia for Cavs. He won several regional Emmy Awards. He received the “National Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle Award” for the recognition of lifetime achievement in the television industry.