As well as the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen died yesterday; Nicole Hazen was just 45. The cause of death was cancer, and the team said in a statement that she “passed away suddenly.”
“Nicole lived her life and loved her family with all loyalty and devotion,” the Hazen family said in a statement. “She spent every day serving others as a mother, wife and teacher advocating for good.”
“Our hearts are broken,” Mike Hazen said in the statement. “Nicole was an amazing wife, mother, daughter and friend. Also, she was the rock of our family, and we will miss her dearly.” Nicole Hazen is survived by her husband and their two sons, Jack and Hudson. The Arizona Diamondbacks said they would have no further comment at this time.
Nicole Hazen was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in 2020, her husband revealed last year. She underwent surgery after doctors removed as much of the brain tumor as possible. She then went through a six-week cycle of chemotherapy and radiation.
In response to the diagnosis, Arizona launched the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope to raise money for cancer research. Hazen also donated $1.5 million to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center in Phoenix last year. Although according to the Mayo Clinic, glioblastoma is a type of cancer that occurs in the brain and spinal cord. It is the type of cancer that affected the late Senators John McCain and Beau Biden, the late son of President Joe Biden.
Therefore, the exact underlying cause of glioblastoma is unknown in most cases. Still, in some, it is associated with genetic syndromes: neurofibromatosis type 1, Turcot syndrome, and Lee Fraumeni syndrome, according to the NIH. The Hazen family added how much they appreciate the support of Diamondbacks fans and the entire sports community.
“We will forever be grateful to our family for the random acts of love, support and kindness we have received over the past two years and four months,” the family said in their statement. “We could not have walked this path with her, without the help and generosity of our community. The glioblastoma gradually took away her ability to talk, walk, talk, and lead, but she never took away her ability to love her children, family, and friends.”
“We are lost without her, but from this day on we will carry the torch of her unwavering sympathy for all.”
Mike Hazen is the general manager of Arizona Diamondbacks. He is responsible for all baseball operations decisions, including player personnel, scouting and development, contract negotiations, and major league and minor league operations. Before joining the Diamondbacks, Hazen served as the Red Sox’s senior vice president/assistant general manager from 2012-16.
Under Hazen’s leadership, the Diamondbacks have been one of the most successful teams in baseball, reaching the playoffs three times in four years. In 2017, the team won 93 games and reached the National League Division Series. The Diamondbacks followed that up with a 97-win season in 2018 and another appearance in the NLDS.
Hazen is widely respected throughout the baseball industry, and his work has helped build the Diamondbacks into a perennial contender. Hazen joined the Cleveland Indians as an intern in 2000 and worked his way up the ranks, serving as the Director of Player Development from 2009-2011. Hazen was named the National League Executive of the Year by Baseball America in recognition of his success in 2017.
However, our thoughts and prayers are with the Hazen family during this difficult time.
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