WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The mother of NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19, the Towns family has confirmed.
- Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, who had been “battling the virus for more than a month” was 58.
- Towns, whose father, Karl Sr, had also contracted the virus but has now recovered, has donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to aid in its effort to battle the coronavirus.
The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, died on Monday due to complications of the novel coronavirus, according to a statement from a Towns family spokesperson released by Towns’ team.
“The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due complications as a result of COVID-19,” the statement said.
Jacqueline Towns had been “battling the virus for more than a month” when she ultimately succumbed to it, according to the statement.
Late last month, Towns made his mother’s struggle with the virus public in an emotional video posted on Instagram. The NBA player said that his mother had been put on a ventilator in a medically induced coma, adding that he shared the video in the hopes that everyone would take the outbreak seriously and stay at home.
Towns has made a $100,000 donation to the Mayo Clinic to aid in its effort to battle the coronavirus. The Timberwolves said Towns’ mother was “beloved by our entire organization.”
“Her passion for life and for her family was palpable,” the Timberwolves said in its statement.
“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.”
Several NBA players sent their condolences on Twitter.”Wow… I hope everybody is taking this pandemic seriously… Continue to Pray for every family through this tough time, and hold your Loved ones Close,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young tweeted on Monday.
“Man… thoughts and prayers with you and the entire family @KarlTowns,” Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul wrote.
In the family statement, they thanked “the medical warriors” who cared for Towns at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and JFK Medical Center, noting they also helped her husband and Karl-Anthony’s father, Karl Sr., recover from the virus.