Micky Ward’s mum dies age 79
The mother and one-time manager of Lowell, Massachusetts, boxing hero Micky Ward passed away on Wednesday morning, age 79.
Alice Ward had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack in January and died earlier this week after being taken off a life support machine on Tuesday, according to the Lowell Sun.
Actress Melissa Leo won a best supporting actress Oscar earlier this year for her portrayal of Alice Ward in movie biopic The Fighter, which itself was nominated for best picture.
Her son Dicky Eklund, who was portrayed by Christian Bale in the film, confirmed her death saying, ‘We lost the leader of our family. She was a great woman, a strong woman. She taught us all what it means to be strong because she never gave up on any of us.’