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Alice Ward, Portrayed by Melissa Leo In The Fighter, Has Passed Away

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real life alice ward portrayed by melissa leo in the fighter has passed away

She may be gone, but she will certainly be remembered.

Alice Ward, who was portrayed by Melissa Leo in The Fighter, has passed away at 79-years-old.

According to family friend John Descoteaux, Alice died yesterday at a Boston hospital after being removed from life support. She had gone into cardiac arrest back in January, and ceased breathing for over 30 minutes.

Our thoughts go out to Alice's family and friends during this difficult time.

[Image via WENN.]

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7 comments to “Alice Ward, Portrayed by Melissa Leo In The Fighter, Has Passed Away”



  1. 1

    RIP Alice — her photo should be posted her, not idiot Melissa — we've seen enough of Melissa



  2. 2

    RIP Alice.
    (why is Melissa's photo here? Way to pay respect Perez seriously..)



  3. 3

    in agreement with the other posters…



  4. 4

    Um, she was a person, not an actress!



  5. 5

    So disgusted with Melissa Leo, a great actress, but no class at all!



  6. 6

    The first thing that Melissa Leo did when she learned that she had been nominated for an Academy Award for her outstanding portrayal of Alice Ward in "The Fighter", was to invite Alice Ward to ber her "Oscar Date" for the actual Oscar telecast. When it was reported that Alice could not attend due to "ill health", we knew that it had to be very serious. Alice knew that Melissa had honored her by the invitation, and I am sure that Alice Ward was thrilled when Melissa won the Oscar. My depest condolences to the Ward-Ecklund families. May Alice rest in peace! God bess her!



  7. 7

    To "so what" and the rest of the commenters. How do you know that there are any portrait photographs of Alice Ward which have been made available by the family for publication? I am sure that Perez realizes that the Ward-Ecklund families love Melissa Leo and would be deeply hurt by your insulting comments!