Karl-Anthony Towns' mother has passed away after she tested positive for the coronavirus last month.
The news was confirmed in a family statement shared by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Twitter. "The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19," the statement reads. "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 Towns family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received during this very difficult time," the statement continues. "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."
In an emotional post on Instagram a few weeks back, Towns stressed the virus is "not to be taken lightly." He said that his mother was put in a medically induced coma and was attached to a ventilator, while his father showed similiar symptoms and ultimately recovered and was released from the hospital. "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," he explained.