CLEVELAND — Les Levine, the longtime Cleveland sports broadcaster known for hosting "More Sports and Les Levine," died after a battle with diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease at 74, according to his daughter, who said he passed on Wednesday night with his son and daughter by his side.
"He fought so hard for so long, and went out on his own terms," his daughter Jamie Levine Daniel wrote on Twitter.
After a protracted battle with diabetes and Parkinson's, our dad @LesLevine passed away at 9:23 pm with my brother and me holding on at his side. He fought so hard for so long, and went out on his own terms. pic.twitter.com/VWoKEnyACN— Dr. Jamie Levine Daniel (@jamielevdan) February 4, 2021
Ken Carman and Anthony Lima began their show this morning on 92.3 The Fan by remembering Levine, who they called “the self-proclaimed voice of truth and reason.”
“For the entire station, it’s a tremendous loss. For Lima and I, We lost a friend, we lost a mentor and somebody who means a very, very big deal to us,” Carman said.
Lima said it was important for Levine to bring humor to any situation.
Today is gonna be a tough show but one we have to do. A legend, a mentor, and a friend. Sense of humor till the moment he left us at (of course) 9:23. Will be thinking about @LesLevine TODAY...and everyday. So glad he saw another championship, it really did mean so much to him pic.twitter.com/CKhP22zYCP— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) February 4, 2021
“Les had a line for everything. For any moment in time, he had something to say. He had a witticism and something about him,” said Lima.
Levine was also known for his writing and was an officer with the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.