Alice Hoagland, gay-rugby godmother and 9/11 activist, dies

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FILE – In this Dec. 8, 2008, file photo, Alice Hoagland, the mother of 9/11 victim Mark Bingham, speaks during a news conference following a pretrial session for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants in Camp Justice on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Hoagland, beloved as a mother figure by players in the global gay rugby movement her own son Mark Bingham helped establish shortly before he perished as one of the heroes of Flight 93, died Dec. 22, 2020, in her sleep at her home in California after battling Addison’s disease. (Mandel NGAN/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW YORK — Alice Hoagland has died at age 71 after becoming a beloved figure of the gay rugby movement her own son Mark Bingham helped establish shortly before he perished on Flight 93 as a Sept. 11 hero.

Longtime family friend Amanda Mark says Hoagland died Dec. 22 in her sleep at her home in California after battling Addison’s disease.

Bingham and Hoagland’s stories were chronicled on film and screen.

Hoagland became an advocate for airline security and for allowing relatives of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

And the Bingham Cup has grown into what is billed as the world’s largest amateur rugby event.

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