09:33 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 04/28/2011 07:55AM
Alice Ward, the no-nonsense, real-life mom of boxing champ Micky Ward and one of the riveting main characters in this year's Oscar-winning The Fighter, died Tuesday at Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
She was 79 and was taken off life support after having lapsed into a coma, reports the Lowell Sun in Massachusetts.
In January, Ward suffered a heart attack, a stroke and was pronounced dead for 45 minutes – only to regain consciousness and start breathing again on her own, her other son, Dicky Eklund, told the family’s local newspaper.
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