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Nicole Hazen, wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, died Thursday after long battle with glioblastoma, team confirmed. She was 45.
The Diamondbacks released a statement confirming Nicole Hazen’s death due to complications related to a rare form of brain cancer she was diagnosed over two years ago.
“Nicole lived her life and loved her family with a passion and devotion,” the Hazen family said in a statement. “She spent every day in service to others as a mother, wife and educator, standing up for good.
“From our entire family, we remain forever grateful for the love, support, and occasional good deeds bestowed upon us over the past two years and four months. We would not have been able to walk this path, with her, without the help and generosity of our community. Glioblastoma slowly took its powers talk, walk, talk and lead, but never took away her ability to love her children, family and friends. We are lost without her, but from this day forward we will carry the torch of her unwavering sympathy for all.
Mike Hazen took a leave of absence in 2021 to take care of his wife and their four children.
“Nicole was loved D-backs Family Member, and we are saddened by her passing,” Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick and Team President and CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike, Charlie, John, Teddy, Sam and their entire extended family. Nicole will be remembered for her cheerfulness, kindness and beautiful smile that could light up a room. Her fighting spirit was evident at every turn. for her courageous journey and for her efforts to influence research and treatment, bringing hope for the future to those who receive a similar diagnosis. She will always be remembered and honored.”
The support of the Hazen family surged as many remembered her for her “grace, compassion and strength”.
Mike Hazen joined the Diamondbacks in 2016.