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Billie Jean King’s mother dies in Arizona; Betty Moffitt was 91

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Billie Jean King didn't make the trip to the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony as her mother was ill. As the fans were disappointed in her decision, it was obvious she was doing what was best for her family. According to Fox News on Friday, Billie Jean King’s mother, Betty Moffitt, died on Friday morning at the age of 91. The sad news was confirmed by King’s publicist and few details were given about the situation.

Billie Jean King’s trip to Sochi was highly publicized and had fans around the world celebrating her decision to go to Russia. The tennis champion has always made it her mission to showcase acceptance and goodwill in all of her appearances. After her decision was announced, a substitute was offered at the Olympic Games in her place, but some viewers still wondered about her decision. Now with the sad news coming from Arizona, it’s obvious the tennis star was needed at home and the fans of the tennis star completely understand.

Betty Moffitt was the mother of the famous tennis star and former major league pitcher Randy Moffitt. She was said to be at home in Prescott, Arizona and was surrounded by her children when she died.

Best wishes to Billie Jean King and her family during this difficult time.