Cavs' play-by-play announcer McLeod dies at 67

Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died suddenly on Monday. He was 67.

The team announced his passing Tuesday morning. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

McLeod was born and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville and had worked as the Cavaliers' television play-by-play man since 2016. He also was the team's executive producer for multimedia.

In all, McLeod spent 36 years in broadcasting, including 22 seasons as the Detroit Pistons' announcer. He also called games for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions.

He was a multiple regional Emmy Award winner and earned a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"The entire Cavaliers organization mourns the loss of their great friend and teammate," the team said in a statement. "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."

McLeod is survived by his wife, Beth, and their three children.

--Field Level Media