Nicole Hazen, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, died on Thursday after a lengthy cancer battle.
She was 45.
Nicole died due to complications from glioblastoma, a rare form of cancer in the brain. She was first diagnosed in July 2020.
“Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion,” the Hazen family said in a statement through the team. “She spent every day in the service of others as a mother, wife and educator advocating for goodness. From our family, we remain forever grateful for the love, support and random acts of kindness bestowed upon us for the last two years and four months. We would not have been able to walk down this road, with her, without the help and generosity of our community.
“Glioblastoma slowly took her capacity to speak, walk, talk and lead but never took her capacity to love her children, family and friends. We are lost without her but will carry the torch of her unyielding empathy for everyone forward, from this day onward.”
Mike first took over with the Diamondbacks in 2016 after leaving a role with the Boston Red Sox.
He stepped away from the team last summer to spend more time with his wife and their four sons. He has still been involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization.
“Nicole was a beloved member of the D-backs’ family, and we are saddened by her passing,” the Diamondbacks said in a statement, via the Arizona Republic. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike, Charlie, John, Teddy, Sam and their entire extended family. Nicole will be remembered for her vibrance, kindness, and a beautiful smile that could light up a room. Her fighting spirit was evident in every step of her courageous journey and in her efforts to make an impact on research and treatment, while providing future hope to those who receive a similar diagnosis. She will forever be remembered and honored.”
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