Jacqueline Cruz, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns, died Monday due to complications from coronavirus (COVID-19), a family spokesperson said in a 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," the statement said.
"Jackie was many things to many people — a wife, a 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."
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The Timberwolves also released a statement extending their condolences and writing that "Jackie provided constant and positive energy for (Karl-Anthony) and was beloved by our entire organization and staff at Target Center."
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The National Basketball Players Association said in a statement, "Words cannot express the extreme sadness each of us feels at the news of the passing of Karl Anthony-Towns' loving mother, Jacqueline Towns. Our hearts break for Karl and his family and we send them our love and support at this very difficult time."
On March 24, Towns posted an emotional video on Instagram detailing the severity of his mom’s condition. At that time, she was in a medically induced coma.
Towns said his mom "keep getting worse, she kept getting worse … she wasn't getting any better.”
"Her lungs were getting worse. Her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating. We always thought that the next medicine would help."
Towns said her fever reached 103 degrees.
It was a harrowing explanation, and Towns was shaken, saying his mother was confused and saying things he didn’t want to hear. He called his mother “the head of the household, the boss.”
He remained positive.
"We're going to keep fighting this," he said. "We're going to beat this. We're going to win. I hope my story helps. I hope my story gives the you the correct information."
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