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The mother of NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns loses battle with COVID-19

Written by on April 20, 2020

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. told his fans in March that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, had to be placed in a medically induced coma because of complications from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. After weeks of her body struggling with COVID-19 symptoms, Jacqueline passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020. She was only 59 years old.

The 24-year-old Dominican-American and NBA Minnesota Timberwolves player had emphasized the importance of everyone understanding the “severity” of the virus. He had stated at the time his concerns that his mother had been deteriorating and confused: “She was telling me things I didn’t want to hear. I dismissed some things she was saying because it wasn’t something I wanted to hear… It’s very difficult for me and my family, to say the least. She’s the head of our household, she’s the boss.” He had tried to remain positive though and thought that she would beat the virus.

The Towns family released a statement on 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. Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”

Karl-Anthony Towns Sr. is currently recovering at home with his family after his own hospital stay and struggle with the virus.


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