Nicole Hazen, wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, passed away Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
She was 45.
Nicole died due to complications from glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. She was first diagnosed in July 2020.
“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 caregiver, speaking out for good. From our 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 robbed her of her ability to speak, walk, talk and lead, but never robbed her of 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 first led the Diamondbacks in 2016 after leaving the Boston Red Sox.
He wants to spend more time with his wife and their four sons. He is still involved in the daily activities 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. . “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike, Charlie, John, Teddy, Sam and their entire extended family. Nicole will be remembered for her brightness, kindness and beautiful smile that could light up a room. Her fighting spirit was evident at every step of her courageous journey and in her efforts to influence research and treatment, giving hope for the future to those who receive a similar diagnosis. She will always be remembered and honored.”