AceShowbiz - COVID-19 has claimed the life of Karl-Anthony Towns' mother. On Monday, April 13, the Minnesota Timberwolves player and his family issued a statement confirming that Jacqueline Towns has passed away because of complications from the novel coronavirus.
Revealing the news was Karl-Anthony's basketball team who shared the written statement on Instagram. "The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19," it 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."
"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," the statement continued to read. "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 at 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."
Expressing their devastation over the "tremendous loss," Karl-Anthony and his family "respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning."
Weeks earlier, Karl-Anthony got real about his mother's battle with the virus. "I think it's important that everyone understands the severity of what's happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video and give you an update of where I'm at," he began sharing in an Instagram video dated March 24.
Revealing that his mother had been placed in a medically induced coma, the 24-year-old reminded others why they need to take every precaution against the virus. "Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines," he wrote in the caption. "Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time."