Nicole Hazen, wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, has died of complications from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He was 45.
He was diagnosed with cancer more than two years ago. The family has four sons, Charlie, John, Teddy and Sam. The team sent out a statement confirming that Hazen had died on Thursday.
“Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion,” the Hazen family said in a statement. “She spent every day in the service of others as a mother, wife and educator championing goodness. From our family, we remain forever grateful for the love, support and random acts of kindness given to us over the past two years and four months We could not have walked this path, with her, without her help and generosity our community”.
Mike Hazen announced he was taking a sabbatical last year to help care for his wife and family.
It is the type of cancer that afflicted the late Senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy as well as Beau Biden, the late son of President Joe Biden.
The exact underlying cause of glioblastoma is unknown in most cases, but in some, it is linked to genetic syndromes: neurofibromatosis type 1, Turcot syndrome and Li Fraumeni syndrome, according to the NIH.