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'The Fighter' -- Real-Life Mom Dies

4/27/2011 12:05 PM PDT

'The Fighter' -- Real-Life Mom Alice Ward Dies at 79

The real-life mother and manager of retired welterweight champ Micky Ward -- played by Melissa Leo in the movie "The Fighter" -- passed away today ... after doctors took her off life support.

Alice Ward (above) went into cardiac arrest in a Boston hospital back in January -- and was put on life support soon after.

Her son Dicky Eklund confirmed her death to the Lowell Sun this afternoon. She was 79.

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