In this video first shared by his wife Beth McLeod in 2016, sportscaster Fred McLeod is shown celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA title win.
McLeod screams "the 52-year drought is over!" as he announces Cleveland's first pro sports championship since 1964. He was overcome with emotion, and by the end of the video he is crying with his head in his hands. Watch the video above.
McLeod died Monday at age 67. He had spent decades as a sportscaster in Detroit. But McLeod was a native of Ohio, and the Cavaliers were his team.
This video captures the passion his family, friends and colleagues were lucky to see on and off camera.
Friends, colleagues remember Fred
Heartfelt statements have been pouring out upon the news of McLeod's death:
I am just stunned by the passing of Fred McLeod. He’s been the voice of the Cavaliers, but he was long a member of the WDIV family. Talented, of course, but also funny, charming and so very kind. His marriage to Beth was a true love story. https://t.co/j2p9e0GDIJ— Devin Scillian (@DevinScillian) September 10, 2019
Another great broadcast voice is silenced. What a genuine man & friend. My first true friend in Detroit when I arrived. https://t.co/07jPUXKPkQ— Chuck Gaidica (@chuckgaidica) September 10, 2019
This is just heartbreaking. Fred was a great colleague and a consummate pro. Love to Beth and all the McLeods. May the angels welcome Fred to Heaven. https://t.co/cldjHKLF5R— Anne Thompson (@annenbcnews) September 10, 2019
I had seen Fred on Friday while getting a tour of RMFH. He was in awe of the intricacies that are going to set this venue apart from any other in the NBA. His passion & love for the game & this team were unmatched. He was always willing & wanting to help make our content the best— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) September 10, 2019
Statement from the Detroit Lions:
"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. Fred brought an energy to our broadcasts this summer and demonstrated the same passion for our team that he had for Detroit throughout his broadcasting career.
The entire Detroit Lions organization extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife, Beth, his family and members of the TV broadcast community he helped mentor for more than four decades."
Fred was a terrific broadcaster and a true gentleman. RIP https://t.co/PLl3g12Tcu— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) September 10, 2019