Tigers PA Announcer Jay Allen Dies From Cancer, Club Offers Condolences

Immediately, the team offered its condolences.

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January 24, 2020 - 11:08 am

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Jay Allen, the Detroit Tigers PA announcer, died from cancer early Friday.

His family made the announcement on Facebook.

Immediately, the team offered its condolences.

“The Detroit Tigers are deeply saddened to learn that the club’s public address announcer, Jay Allen, passed away this morning. Everyone admired Jay’s faith, determination and positive mindset during his fight with cancer. His vocal passion for the Tigers and sports across the state of Michigan endeared him to millions of fans, and his impact will never be forgotten. The Tigers extend their condolences to Jay’s family and friends at this trying time.”

Allen was at the Comerica Park mic since 2019. Previously, he was the PA announcer for the West Michigan Whitecaps. He continued to live in Grand Rapids, commuting back and forth for Tigers' games.

Memories flowed in from friends and family who remembered Allen for his kind soul and golden voice.

"So sorry to learn of Jay's passing this morning," Dale Atkinson wrote on Facebook. "My heart goes out to your family. I remember his days in local radio... And loved him as our West Michigan Whitecaps PA announcer. I wasn't surprised when he landed the job as Tiger PA announcer. Was so happy for him when he moved into that position... And although it wasn't nearly long enough I thank God we had Jay for the time we did. Sure going to miss that golden voice of his. When I attended my first game at Tiger Stadium way back in 1970 Joe Gentile was the Tigers PA announcer. To me he was the voice of Tiger Stadium as Jay was to Fifth Third Park many years later. That's how I will always remember each of these gentlemen. And for the short time he was there... Jay became the voice of Comerica Park. Well our loss is now Heaven's gain.... And as Jay entered it's gates... I'll just bet folks like Joe Gentile and Ernie Harwell were there to welcome him with open arms."