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The Gilbert Family Releases a Statement Regarding the Passing of Fred McLeod

Following the sudden passing of Cavaliers television play-by-play voice Fred McLeod, the family of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released a statement Wednesday morning.

“Fred McLeod was truly a one-of-a-kind person and friend. Words cannot express our feelings as we think about the many special memories we have of Fred and a relationship that spans four decades. We will miss him tremendously.

Fred was not only a great broadcaster and communicator that informed, explained and entertained, but he passionately embodied the Cavaliers ‘All for One. One for All.’ DNA in every aspect of his life.

He had the gift of connecting with everyone he interacted with and leaving them feeling happier, stronger, more positive, and valued. Fred has left an impactful, lasting legacy in Cleveland, Detroit and beyond.

Our family extends our deepest and warmest sympathies to Fred’s entire family, including his wonderful wife Beth, mother Marilyn, sister Lynn, and his three children, Sean, Jenna, Molly and each of their families.”

The family has announced that Memorial donations can be made to the following organizations in Fred’s memory:

* NF Forward (the non-profit organization established by Dan, Jennifer and Nick Gilbert to fight NF) at 1074 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

* American Heart Association, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1200, Chicago, IL 60606-6637

* Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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