After taking to Twitter last month to announce his mother was placed in a medically induced coma due to coronavirus, Karl Anthony Towns mother has died from complications.
A statement from the family read, “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, a 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 Towns family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received during this very difficult time.”
The Timberwolves also released a statement, “Jackie provided constant and positive energy for (Karl-Anthony) and was beloved by our entire organization and staff at Target Center.”
A tweet from the NBA read, “The NBA family mourns the passing of Jacqueline Cruz, loving mother to Karl-Anthony Towns. Jacqueline was beloved around the NBA and a great source of strength and inspiration for the family. We extend our deepest condolences to the Towns family during the difficult time.”
During an emotional video posted on March 24th, Towns spoke about the severity of his mom’s condition, saying, “keep getting worse, she kept getting worse … she wasn’t getting any better.”
“Her lungs were getting worse. Her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating. We always thought that the next medicine would help.”
His mother, Jacqueline’s temp, had reached 103 degrees.
To help combat the virus, Towns donated $100,000 to The Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, his mother succumbed to the virus. She was 58.