The Cleveland legend died suddenly on Monday at the age of 67, and following the news of his death, fans have recounted the tearful moment McLeod, along with his broadcasting partner Austin Carr, announced a championship, that the city had so badly wanted, was finally a reality. Serving as a Pistons broadcaster from 1984-2006, Fred touched the lives of many colleagues, players, and fans through his kindness, his enthusiasm for the team, his storytelling and his passion for the game of basketball.
It was the first championship for a Cleveland team since 1964.
Among those mourning McLeod on Twitter was Los Angeles Lakers star and former Cav, LeBron James.
The Cavs mourned the loss of a "great friend and teammate".
An Ohio native, McLeod served as the Cavaliers television play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Ohio since the 2006 season.
He called more than 1,000 games during his tenure with the organization, where he also served as the Cavaliers' Executive Producer for Media.
McLeod spent a few years working in San Francisco and was covering the California-Stanford game when the Golden Bears returned a kickoff on the game's final play, with one of their players weaving through Stanford band members over the final few yards into the end zone.
"Usually, the photographers would break down (equipment) and head down to the locker room", McLeod said.
The Cavaliers extended their "deepest condolences" to McLeod's friends and family in a statement on their website.