Cleveland Cavaliers and Fox Sports play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod died Monday evening, the team announced.

McLeod, 67, was about to begin his 14th consecutive season (15th season overall) as the team's television play-by-play announcer. He served in that role starting with the 2006 season. He also served in the same capacity with the Cavs during the 1979-80 season.

The team's announcement said McLeod died suddenly Monday evening.

"One of the most accomplished and respected announcers in the NBA, Fred recently celebrated his 36th season of broadcasting games, having also spent 22 seasons announcing Detroit Pistons games, prior to returning home to join the Cavaliers in 2006," the news release said.

"Fred spent the 1979 MLB baseball season in Cleveland as well, as a TV announcer for the Cleveland Indians. His diverse and extensive sports broadcasting career also included time with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and MLB’s Detroit Tigers."

Former two-time Cavs player and Akron native LeBron James offered his condolences in two tweets Tuesday morning and said he hopes the announcer will "rest in Paradise."

James, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, said McLeod was courtside when the Cavs brought a national championship to Cleveland ending decades of futility.

"One of the GREATEST days of all of our lives and @CavsFredMcLeod called it all with his buddy A.C (Austin Carr)!" James tweeted.

One of the GREATEST days of all of our lives and@CavsFredMcLeod called it all with his buddy A.C!https://t.co/q8r7go14IB

— LeBron James (@KingJames)September 10, 2019

On Wednesday, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's family issued a statement, which reflected on how McLeod's positive attitude on life and sports influenced others.

“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," the statement said. "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."

McLeod was born in Strongsville and his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was in high school.

He returned to Northeast Ohio in the 1970s when he landed a weekend sports anchor job at WJW TV-8. This led to a second career as an announcer for teams such as the Indians and the Oakland Athletics and the NBA.

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

Fox Sports Ohio said his presence will be missed at the cable network that airs the Cavs games.

"His smooth delivery and passion for both NBA basketball and particularly the Cavaliers, created an unforgettable soundtrack to some of the most iconic moments in Cleveland sports history," the network said in a statement. "Off the air, he was a friend and trusted teammate."

#Cavs announce that play-by-play man Fred McLeod died suddenly Monday night. Prided himself on his preparation: came to 2 Browns practices before calling Lions preseason game. Since condolences to Beth & rest of his family

— Marla Ridenour (@MRidenourABJ)September 10, 2019

A Point Park University (Pittsburgh) graduate, McLeod played baseball and pitched in the NAIA College World Series.

A funeral service for family and friends will be held at noon Saturday at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road., Bay Village, OH, 44140. Fans can watch via live stream on Cavs.com.

Calling hours will be from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday at Busch Funeral Home, 21369 Center Ridge Road, Fairview Park, OH, 44116. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be sent to NF Forward (the non-profit organization established by Dan, Jennifer and Nick Gilbert to fight neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves) at 1074 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226; the American Heart Association, 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60606-6637; or the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH, 44087.