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COVID-19: Mother of NBA Star Karl-Anthony Towns Dies From Coronavirus

Jacqueline Towns, mother of Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, died because of COVID-19-related complications, the family announced in a statement shared by the team Monday.

"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 things 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."

Just a couple weeks ago, Towns said his mom Jacqueline Cruz, was in a medically induced coma after her condition had been “deteriorating,” he said in an emotional Instagram video. Cruz had coronavirus symptoms and eventually tested positive, the team confirmed.Towns said his father, Karl Sr., had not been feeling well and was also in the hospital before being released. The New Jersey native’s agent.