April 27, 2011 at 09:44 PM EDT

Alice Ward, the mother of boxer Micky Ward, died Wednesday in Boston after going into cardiac arrest. She was 79 years old. Ward, who managed her son’s career, was portrayed by Melissa Leo in last year’s The Fighter; Leo picked up an Academy Award for playing the role. Mark Wahlberg, who played Micky in the David O. Russell film, reportedly contacted the family to express condolences.

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