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‘The Fighter’ Mother Alice Ward Dies At 79

By Radar Staff

Alice Ward, who Melissa Leo‘s Academy Award-winning performance in The Fighter was based on, has died at 79.

The mother and manager of boxer Micky Ward passed away Tuesday at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

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In January, Ward suffered a heart attack, a stroke and was pronounced dead for 45 minutes; she regained consciousness and start breathing again on her own, her other son, Dicky Eklund, told the family’s local newspaper.

Leo — who also collected a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her portrayal of Ward — told People earlier this year that “it was mystical meeting Alice.

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“My grandmother had passed just a couple years before, and there were echoes of her in the room suddenly.”

Ward is survived by nine kids, 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


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