Arizona Diamondbacks Mike Hazen wife’s Nicole Hazen has sadly passed away at the age of 45 following a two-year battle with brain cancer.
Mike, who serves as the baseball team’s general manager and executive vice president, shared the devastating news of his wife’s passing.
We take a look into Nicole’s career and family life, including her relationship with Mike and their children.
Did Nicole Hazen have any children?
Nicole and Mike Hazen welcomed four sons together. Nicole was born and raised in Cleveland and worked as an English teacher.
As reported by The Arizona Republic, Nicole met Mike when he was working as an assistant for the Cleveland Indians.
The couple welcomed their first son after tying the knot and Nicole took a break from her teaching career to take care of their son.
The pair moved to Boston when Mike landed a new role with 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 a role at the local school St. Francis Xavier, where she taught until the end of last year.
Nicole died following complications of brain cancer
Nicole passed away aged 45 following complications linked to a brain tumor. She 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, she started having seizures when doctors diagnosed with her with a rare form of brain cancer.
Glioblastoma, which is also known as glioblastoma multiforme, causes symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures, and the condition is often difficult to cure.
Nicole underwent a series of different treatments, which included 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 fierceness and devotion. She spent every day in the service of others as a mother, wife and educator advocating for goodness.”
After Nicole’s diagnosis was made public, Arizona Diamondbacks launched the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope to raise money for cancer research.
The sports community mourns Nicole’s passing
The whole sports community and Diamondbacks fans are mourning Nicole’s passing and many of them shared touching tributes on social media.
Ryan Watson, who is a school principal at the school Nicole worked at, remembered her as an “absolutely treasured faculty member.”
Watson said: “Just the amount of sheer toughness — mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually — just her toughness and her grit, that was the example she wanted to set for her students. It was unparalleled.”
“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,” Texas Rangers wrote in a Twitter post.
Twitter user Thomas Galvin wrote: “I heard Mike Hazen speak movingly about Nicole’s bravery and strength, earlier this year, at a @BrophyNews event. My condolences to the Hazen family and the Diamondbacks organization. RIP.”
Another user, Molly Knight, wrote: “The Diamondbacks just announced the passing of Nicole Hazen, wife of their general manager Mike Hazen, to glioblastoma. She was just 45 years old. She leaves behind her husband and four young sons. This is devastating.”