Karl-Anthony Towns' mother Jacqueline, 59, passed away due to complications from coronavirus, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced in a statement from a family spokesperson.
"The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19," the statement read. "Jackie, as she was affectionately known among family and friends, had been battling the virus for more than a month when she succumbed on April 13th."
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"Jackie was many thing to many people - a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. The matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; a fiery caring, and extremely loving person, who touched everyone she met. Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.
"The Towns family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received during this very difficult time. They would like to thank the medical warriors as Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and JFK Medical Center, who fought for Jackie day in and day out, and helped Karl Sr. recover from the same virus that took Jackie's life.
"The family is devastated by their tremendous loss, and respectfully requests privacy in this time of great mourning."
Towns announced on March 24 that his mother had been placed in a medically induced coma, releasing a video imploring fans to take extra precautions and to take the pandemic seriously.
A week prior to his mother's positive test, Towns announced he was donating $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help increase COVID-19 testing.
Following the tragic news, the NBA fraternity shared messages of support for their fellow player and his family, sharing their condolences on Twitter.
Mrs. Towns was always warm and sweet. Praying for the whole Towns family. RIP....🙏🏾- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 13, 2020
Man... thoughts and prayers with you and the entire family @KarlTowns 🙏🏾- Chris Paul (@CP3) April 13, 2020
Wow 😢. Praying for you and the family right now bro @KarlTowns 🙏🏽🙏🏽- Tobias Harris (@tobias31) April 13, 2020
I'm so sorry @KarlTowns love you bro! Thoughts and prayer to your family.- Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) April 13, 2020
Praying for you and your entire family @KarlTowns 🙏🏽 aint no other words man I'm so sorry- Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 14, 2020