NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns' mother dies of coronavirus

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Apr 14 2020 07:05 AM

Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns Jr., died of complications from the coronavirus on Monday.

The Towns family announced the death of "Jackie" Towns on Monday with a statement from a family spokesperson.

"The Towns family is hearthbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19," the statement read. "(She) had been battling the virus for more than a month when she succumbed to it."

The National Basketball Players Association issued a statement: "Words cannot express the extreme sadness each of us feels at the news of the passing of Karl Anthony-Towns' loving Mother, Jacqueline Towns. Our hearts break for Karl and his family and we send them our love and support at this very difficult time."

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr., 24, made a public plea with an Instagram video, asking fans to take the coronavirus and social distancing seriously after his mother was placed in a medically induced coma on March 25.

Towns Jr. said his father, who was quarantined when Jackie Towns became ill, is doing fine physically.

--Field Level Media

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