NBA star's mother dies from coronavirus complications
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Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns, has died from complications related to COVID-19, the family confirmed.

In a statement released by the NBA team Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Towns family said they were "heartbroken" by the "untimely passing" of the star player’s mother. 

"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," the spokesperson said in the statement.



"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 statement continued. 

"The Towns family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received during this very difficult time,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

"The family is devastated by their tremendous loss, and respectfully requests privacy in this time of great mourning," the spokesperson added.


Karl-Anthony Towns revealed in an Instagram video last month that his mother had "been in a medically induced coma" after contracting the virus.

At the time, said his family urged him to make a video "so that people understand that the severity of this disease is real." 

“This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don't be in places with a lot of people; it just heightens your chances of getting this disease, and this disease ... it's deadly,” he said then.

The Timberwolves also extended their condolences to the Towns family in a statement on Monday.

"The Timberwolves organization is incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications from COVID-19," the team said. “In the four-plus years we were fortunate to know Jackie, she became part of our family. Her passion for life and for her family was palpable."

"As Karl’s number one fan, Jackie provided constant and positive energy for him and was beloved by our entire organization and staff at Target Center as she supported her son and the Timberwolves," the team added.