Karl-Anthony Towns was one of the first American celebrities to hammer home the seriousness of the novel coronavirus and the cropping up of COVID-19 cases. Sadly, the Towns family suffered a major loss due to the disease after the NBA big man’s mother passed from complications arising from COVID-19.
Late last month, the Minnesota Timberwolves star shared his family’s ordeal regarding the coronavirus, stating that both his parents fell ill. Towns’ mother, Jacqueline “Jackie” Towns, was placed under a medically-induced coma while Towns’ father recovered. In his emotional message, Towns relayed the seriousness of the disease and urged the public to heed the warnings from officials in their respective areas.
Via Twitter and Instagram, the TImberwolves Twitter account shared a press release from a spokesperson for the Towns with their fans noting that Mrs. Towns has passed. The family thanked the medical staff that cared for the Towns, and they also asked for privacy as they process this extremely tragic loss.
The NBA and sports community has surrounded Towns with comforting words and support, which of course is all they can do from a distance at this time. Several teams across the league have also responded with words of love and prayer.
The Twitterverse is also showering the Towns family with warm thoughts and prayers. We’d like to join them in offering our sincerest condolences to the Karl-Anthony Towns, her husband, Karl Sr., and all of their extended family, friends, loved ones.
May Jackie Towns rest powerfully in peace.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ Mother, Jackie Towns, Passes From COVID-19 Complications was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Our thoughts are with @KarlTowns and his family 💜💚— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 13, 2020
❤️🙏— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) April 13, 2020
🧡💜🙏— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 13, 2020
🙏— NBPA (@TheNBPA) April 13, 2020
🙏💙— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 13, 2020
🙏💙💚🖤 Our thoughts are with Karl and his entire family during this unbelievably tough time.— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) April 13, 2020
🙏— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 13, 2020
💜💛— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 13, 2020
❤️🙏— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 13, 2020
💚💙— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 13, 2020
Thinking of the Towns and Timberwolves families 🙏🙏— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 13, 2020
💚— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 13, 2020
❤💛🙏— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 13, 2020
💜💙— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) April 13, 2020
🙏💙— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 13, 2020
🙏🖤🤍— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 13, 2020
❤️💙💛— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 13, 2020
💙💛— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) April 13, 2020
🖤💙— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) April 13, 2020
What a terrible, heartbreaking piece of news.— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) April 13, 2020
Pleas, please, please, people, do what you have to do -- stay home, wash your hands, practice physical distancing if you must go out. Do whatever is necessary to end this pandemic with as little loss of life as possible.
🤍🖤— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 13, 2020
Sending lots of love to the Towns family. 🙏— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) April 13, 2020
❤️❤️🙏— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 13, 2020