Nancy Bidwill, wife of Arizona Cardinals owner, dies at 84

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Nancy Bidwill, wife of Arizona Cardinals owner William ''Bill'' Bidwill, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 84.

Her son, Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, announced her passing in a statement, saying she died Wednesday morning surrounded by close family members. The Bidwills were married for nearly 56 years.

Eighty-five-year-old Bill Bidwill retains the title of owner but Michael has been in charge of daily operation of the franchise for several years. Michael became president of the club in 2007.

Bill Bidwill has not been seen publicly for some time.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bidwill is survived by five children - Michael, Bill Jr., Nicole, Tim and Patrick.

Michael Bidwill said in his statement that ''we were all blessed to know and love her.''

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