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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The Arizona Diamondbacks revealed that Nicole Hazen, the wife of general manager Mike Hazen, passed away on Thursday after a protracted battle with glioblastoma. She was 45.
Nicole Hazens passed away as a result of complications from the extremely uncommon brain cancer she was diagnosed with more over two years ago, according to a statement from the Diamondbacks.
The Hazen family said in a statement that Nicole “lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and dedication.” As a mother, wife, and educator who promoted goodness, she devoted every day to serving others.
Former Red Sox senior vice president and general manager Mike Hazen and his son Charlie (on the left) survey Fenway Park. (John Tlumacki/Getty Images for The Boston Globe) )
Our family wants to express its sincere gratitude to everyone who has shown us love, support, and spontaneous acts of kindness over the past two years and four months. Without the assistance and kindness of our neighborhood, we would not have been able to travel down this road with her. She lost her ability to speak, walk, talk, and lead as a result of glioblastoma, but she never lost her ability to love her children, family, or friends. Although we are lost without her, we shall carry the torch of her unwavering compassion for everyone going forward.
In order to care for his wife and their four children, Mike Hazen took a leave of absence in 2021.
On October 10, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen gave a press conference at Chase Field. Arizona Diamondbacks/Sarah Sachs/Getty Images
In a joint statement, managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president and CEO Derrick Hall said, “Nicole was a valued member of the D-backs family, and we are grieved by her departure.”
“Mike, Charlie, John, Teddy, Sam, and their entire extended family are in our thoughts and prayers. Nicole was a vibrant person with a lovely heart and a grin that could brighten any space. Every stage of her courageous struggle and her efforts to influence research and therapy while giving people who receive a similar illness future hope were characterized by her fierce determination. She will always be respected and remembered.
Mike Hazen, general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, observes batting practice on October 2, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, as part of a postseason workout at Chase Field. Arizona Diamondbacks/Sarah Sachs/Getty Images
Many people sent their support to the Hazen family, remembering her for her “grace, kindness, and strength.”
2016 saw Mike Hazen sign with the Diamondbacks.
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