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Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother passes away

Jacqueline Towns was battling COVID-19.

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Some very sad news is coming out of Minnesota involving former Kentucky star and current Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns, whose mother passed away on Monday. The family announced that Jacqueline Towns died due to complications from COVID-19.

Here is the family statement:

“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.

“The Towns family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support they have received during this very difficult time. They would like to thank the medical warriors at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and JFK Medical Center, who fought for Jackie day in and day out, and helped Karl Sr. recover from the same virus that took Jackie’s life.”

Towns’ father, Karl-Anthony Towns Sr., also showed symptoms similar to COVID-19, but he recovered and was released from the hospital, according to CBS Sports.

In March, Towns donated $100,000 to Mayo Clinic to help develop a test to detect COVID-19.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Towns family during this unspeakable tragedy.