Alice Ward has died. She was 79.
John Descoteaux, a family friend, says Ward died at a Boston hospital Wednesday, one day after she was taken off life support. She had gone into cardiac arrest in January and stopped breathing for more than 30 minutes.
Ward is portrayed in “The Fighter” as a bleach-blond, boozy, lovingly domineering mother to boxers Micky Ward and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund. Micky Ward rose from his working-class roots and overcame ugly squabbling with his relatives to earn a boxing title shot in 2000, when he was in his mid-30s.
Ward, the matriarch of a boxing clan who was portrayed in the movie in an Oscar-winning performance by Melissa Leo is survived by nine children. According to reports, funeral plans have not been finalized.
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