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Nicole Hazen, wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, died Thursday after a long battle with glioblastoma, confirms the team. She was 45 years old.
The Diamondbacks released a statement confirming the death of Nicole Hazen following complications related to the rare form of brain cancer she was diagnosed more than two years ago.
“Nicole lived her life and loved her family fiercely and devoutly,” the Hazen family said in a statement. “She spent every day serving others as a mother, wife and educator for good.
“From our family, we remain forever grateful for the love, support and random acts of kindness extended to us over the past two years and four months. We could not have walked this road, with her, without the help and generosity of our community. Glioblastoma slowly took on its ability talk, walk, talk and lead but never took her ability to love her children, family and friends. We are lost without her but will carry the torch of her unwavering empathy for everyone from this day forward.”
Mike Hazen took time off in 2021 to care for his wife and four children.
“Nicole was a beloved member of the D-backs family, and we are saddened by his passing,” general partner Ken Kendrick and team president and CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike, Charlie, John, Teddy, Sam and all of their extended family. Nicole will be remembered for her drive, kindness and beautiful smile that could light up a room. Her fighting spirit was evident in Every step of her courageous journey and effort to impact research and treatment, while offering future hope to those who receive a similar diagnosis, will forever be remembered and honored.
Support for the Hazen family poured in, as many remembered her for her “grace, compassion and strength”.
Mike Hazen joined the Diamondbacks in 2016.