Arizona Diamondbacks mourn the death of Nicole Hazen – wife of GM Mike Hazen – after she lost her battle with brain cancer aged 45
- Nicole Hazen was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2020
- Family said they were ‘forever grateful for the love, support…’ last two years
- The D-backs said they are mourning the passing ‘of our beloved Nicole Hazen’
The Diamondbacks announced Thursday that Nicole Hazen, the wife of General Manager Mike Hazen, has died at the age of 45.
Hazen died of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to a family statement shared by the team. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2020.
‘Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion,’ the family said. ‘She spent every day in the service of others as a mother, wife and educator advocating for goodness.
Nicole Hazen, pictured with Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen and their four sons, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer in 2020
The D-backs shared a statement from the Hazen family to their more than 600,000 followers
‘From our family, we remain forever grateful for the love, support and random acts of kindness bestowed upon us for the last two years and four months.
‘We would not have been able to walk down this road, with her, without the help and generosity of our community.
‘Glioblastoma slowly took her capacity to speak, walk, talk and lead but never took her capacity to love her children, family and friends.
Mike Hazen was hired as the Diamondbacks’ general manager in 2016
‘We are lost without her but will carry the torch of her unyielding empathy for everyone forward, from this day onward.’
Hazen, who was hired by the team in 2016, took a ‘physical leave of absence’ from his role in 2021 to spend more time with his family as Nicole battled the disease.
At the time, he said his wife was ‘doing OK’ and ‘grinding along’ as she fought the disease, according to AZ Central, and that it was a decision he had considered for a while.
‘He needs his time with his boys right now,’ D-backs CEO Derrick Hall said of the decision at the time.
‘He needs time with Nicole.’