On Monday, it was announced that coronavirus had claimed the life of Jacqueline Towns, the mother of NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns.
“The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19,” a statement released by the Minnesota Timberwolves began.
“Jackie was many things to many people” the team’s statement continued, “a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.”
“Her passion was palpable”
“That 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 statement read.
Before thanking Towns’ medical staff and asking for privacy, the statement concluding by saying, “The Towns family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received during this very difficult time.”
Her diagnosis was first made public via an Instagram post that her son made 3 weeks ago. In it, he spoke of her having a high fever and then being placed on a ventilator.
“Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home,” the basketball star told his fans. “We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines.”
Towns’ father, Karl Towns Sr., was also hospitalized with COVID-19, but ESPN’s Malika Andrews reported last month that the elder Towns was “recovering well.”
“A source close to the Towns family tells @espn Karl Sr., Karl-Anthony Towns’ father who tested positive for COVID-19 and was in the hospital for multiple days, is ‘recovering well,’” she tweeted on March 25.
Sports photographer dies
The New York Post reported that Karl-Anthony Towns has donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic in an effort to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Jacqueline Towns isn’t the only person connected to professional sports to pass away due to COVID-19. The New York Post announced on Sunday that sports photographer Anthony Causi has died as well.
In response, tributes poured in from teams Causi had photographed. The New York Nicks hailed Causi as “one of the best photographers in the business,” describing him as “a warm person with a great personality.”