Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Hazen’s wife, Nicole Hazen, has died at the age of 45 after battling brain cancer for two years.
Mike, who served as general manager and executive vice president of the baseball team, shared the sad news of his wife’s passing.
We look at Nicole’s career and family life, including her relationship with Mike and their children.
Does Nicole Hazen have children?
Nicole and Mike Hazen welcomed four sons together. Nicole was born and raised in Cleveland and works as an English teacher.
As reported by The Arizona Republic, Nicole met Mike while working as an assistant to the Cleveland Indians.
The couple welcomed their first son after tying the knot and Nicole took a break from her teaching career to care for their son.
The couple moved to Boston when Mike landed a new role with the Red Sox. They welcomed three more children while living in Boston.
Nicole and her family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona for Mike’s current position. Nicole took on a role at the local St. Francis Xavier, where he taught until late last year.
Nicole dies after complications from brain cancer
Nicole died at the age of 45 after complications related to a brain tumor. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July 2020, an aggressive type of brain cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord.
During the summer of 2020, he started having seizures when doctors diagnosed him with a rare form of brain cancer.
Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme, causes symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures, and the condition is often difficult to treat.
Nicole underwent a series of different treatments, including surgery, as well as a six-week cycle of chemotherapy and radiation.
Her family said in a statement: “Nicole lived her life and loved her family with ferocity and devotion. She spends every day serving others as a mother, wife, and educator who advocates for kindness.”
After Nicole’s diagnosis was announced, the Arizona Diamondbacks launched the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope to raise money for cancer research.
The entire sports community and Diamondbacks fans mourn Nicole’s passing and many of them shared their touching tributes on social media.
Ryan Watson, who was the principal at the school where Nicole worked, remembers her as “an invaluable member of the faculty.”
Watson said: “Just the sheer amount of toughness — mental, physical, emotional, spiritual — just his toughness and fortitude, that’s the example he wants to set for his students. It is unrivaled.”
“The Texas Rangers Organization sends our deepest condolences to Mike Hazen and his family and the entire D-backs organization on the passing of Nicole Hazen,” the Texas Rangers wrote in a Twitter post.
Twitter user Thomas Galvin wrote: “I heard Mike Hazen speak touchingly about Nicole’s courage and strength, earlier this year, at the @BrophyNews event. My condolences to the Hazen family and the Diamondbacks organization. DIE.”
Another user, Molly Knight, wrote: “The Diamondbacks have just announced the passing of Nicole Hazen, wife of their general manager Mike Hazen, to glioblastoma. He is only 45 years old. She leaves behind her husband and four young sons. It’s devastating.”
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