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                                            Dicky, Alice, and Micky

Alice Ward, mother of Lowell-bred boxers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, has died. We're told the matriarch played by Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" passed away early this morning at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, surrounded by her family. In failing health for some time, Ward had gone into cardiac arrest in January and stopped breathing for more than 30 minutes before doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital revived her. Her recovery amazed doctors and nurses. Ward, who also has seven daughters, managed Micky's career in his heyday, and comes across in "The Fighter" as a fierce, sometimes foul-mouthed defender. She was not happy with Leo's portrayal, but Academy Award voters were, and the actress won the Oscar for her performance.

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