Longtime sportscaster, Cavs announcer, Fred McLeod dies at 67
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Sep 11, 2019,
Sep 11, 2019, 0:44
McLeod was about to start his 14th consecutive season with FOX Sports Ohio as the Cavaliers' play-by-play announcer, a role he has served in since 2006. The team did not reveal McLeod's cause of death, only noting that McLeod died "suddenly".
"It is with true sadness that we mourn the passing of Fred McLeod, who we were fortunate to have return as the television voice of Lions preseason football earlier this year".
McLeod had been calling Cavs games since 2006 alongside Austin Carr. and was a fan favorite in Cleveland. Ultimately, though, it was his call of the team's first championship in franchise history that will live on in the hearts of fans.
A graduate of Point Place College in Pittsburgh, McLeod took jobs in St. Joseph, MO and Steubenville, OH before WJKW in Cleveland in 1979, becoming the play-by-play man for the Indians.
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Among those mourning McLeod on Twitter was Los Angeles Lakers star and former Cav, LeBron James. He also served as the team's Executive Producer for Multimedia. He recently celebrated his 36th season in broadcasting.
In 2014, McLeod told Cavaliers.com that he instructed his cameraman to film the final seconds in case something odd happened.
"Usually, the photographers would break down (equipment) and head down to the locker room", McLeod said.
McLeod is survived by his wife, Beth, a TV meteorologist in Cleveland, and three children, Sean, Jenna and Molly.