Cleveland Cavaliers and Fox Sports Ohio play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod has died at age 67. An announcer for the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions since the 1980s, McLeod became the voice of the Cavaliers, moving to Cleveland in 2006, announcing alongside “Mr. Cavalier” Austin Carr.
Numerous players, writers, and sports personalities took to social media on Tuesday to extend their condolences to McLeod’s family as well as remember his greatest calls.
It's with extreme sadness we share news of the unexpected passing of a beloved member of our Cavaliers family.
RIP @CavsFredMcLeod ??
We extend our deepest condolences to Fred’s entire family.https://t.co/Q3HQsu6Xr3
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) September 10, 2019
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
Prayers to your family.
You went above and beyond for me during last season.
Rest In Peace, Fred. ? pic.twitter.com/F2z3LGIB4W
— Collin 'Young Bull' Sexton (@CollinSexton02) September 10, 2019
Shocked 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
Fred McLeod featured most prominently as the play-by-play announcer for the Cavs during their 2016 NBA Finals victory, breaking an over 50-year championship drought in Cleveland sports.
Def Pen extends our thoughts and sympathies to the family and friends of Fred McLeod.