After nearly a month-long battle, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, passed away on today due to complications of COVID-19, a family spokesperson confirmed.
On March 24, Karl-Anthony Towns shared on his Instagram account that his mother had been admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with having contracted COVID-19. She was placed in a medically-induced coma.
In an emotional video, Towns explained that both of his parents went to the hospital after becoming ill. His father was released and has recovered, according to recent reports.
His mother, on the other hand, was admitted to the hospital where her condition worsened to the point of being placed on a ventilator and eventually succumbing to the virus.
“I talked with her before she went there, told her how much I love her,” said Towns, in the video. He called her the strongest person he knew.
Towns cautioned, “This disease needs not to be taken lightly. Please protect your family, your loved ones, your friends, yourself.”
Towns was one of the first NBA stars to step up in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. He announced a 100K donation to the Mayo Clinic to aid coronavirus testing.
Jacqueline Towns was remembered by the family as an “incredible source of strength” for the family whose “energy will never be replaced.”