Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod dies
NBA.com Global on Sep 10, 2019 11:22 PM
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Cleveland Cavaliers press release
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 entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate.
It's with extreme sadness we share news of the unexpected passing of a beloved member of our Cavaliers family.— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) September 10, 2019
RIP @CavsFredMcLeod ?????
We extend our deepest condolences to Fred’s entire family.https://t.co/Q3HQsu6Xr3
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.
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 https://t.co/XWMHUqWJxf— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 10, 2019
Fred was born and grew up in nearby Strongsville, Ohio. He was the Cavaliers television play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Ohio since the 2006 season. He was about to embark on his 14th consecutive season, and 15th overall, as he served in the same capacity with the Cavs during the 1979-80 season. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Fred also served as the Cavaliers’ Executive Producer for Multimedia, providing fans behind-the-scenes access on Cavs.com, Cavs HQ, Twitter and Facebook with daily updates and interviews during the season.
One of the most accomplished and respected announcers in the NBA, Fred recently celebrated his 36th season of broadcasting games, having also spent 22 seasons announcing Detroit Pistons games, prior to returning home to join the Cavaliers in 2006. Fred spent the 1979 MLB baseball season in Cleveland as well, as a TV announcer for the Cleveland Indians. His diverse and extensive sports broadcasting career also included time with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and MLB’s Detroit Tigers.
Fred was a multiple regional Emmy Award winner as part of the Fox Sports Ohio Cavs broadcast crew, along with his beloved game broadcast partner Austin Carr. He was also a proud recipient of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Silver Circle Award in recognition of lifetime achievement in television.F
Fred was a Point Park University (Pittsburgh) graduate, where he played baseball and pitched in the NAIA College World Series.
Fred had one of those infectious smiles and personalities that lit up whatever room he was in. A true joy getting to know and working alongside him. Thoughts and prayers with him family ???????? https://t.co/p7S7cAwA60— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) September 10, 2019
RIP Fred... You and your voice will be missed ???? My deepest condolences to McLeod family...— Cedi Osman (@cediosman) September 10, 2019
It was a honor to work with him, his passion for the CAvs was infectious and created a culture of pride for the team and the city of Cleveland. Serious prayers go out to his family. https://t.co/sGhZYKhf8T— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) September 10, 2019