Karl-Anthony Towns and his mother, who tragically passed away from coronavirus complications on April 13, 2020. Photo credits: CNN

Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother passes away from complications of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed yet another life in the sports world, as it was reported on Monday, April 13, that Jacqueline Cruz, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns tragically died from complications of the disease, which has spread around the world and has put humanity to a standstill.  Cruz was 59 and, according to a statement by a family spokesperson, had been fighting the disease for a month before she ultimately “succumbed” to it on April 13.

The United States leads the world in both confirmed case tallies, with over 500,000, as well as deaths, with over 20,000.  The disease originated from the city of Wuhan, China, and has spread across to impact all six World Health Organization (WHO) regions.

Cruz was not the only one who suffered from the disease; Karl Towns Sr., the Timberwolves All-Star’s father, also got infected with the virus before recovering from it.

In the statement, the spokesperson for the Towns family gave thanks to the “medical warriors” at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and JFK Medical Center that assisted Cruz in her long fight with coronavirus as well as assisting in the recovery of the older Karl Towns.

NBA players offered the younger Towns their support, with stars such as Stephen Curry, Vince Carter, and Chris Paul taking to Twitter to offer their condolences to their peer. “Man… thoughts and prayers with you and the entire family @KarlTowns,” Paul wrote on the social media platform.   The NBA was one of the first leagues in the United States to be suspended following the contraction of the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) by Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert, who has since recovered.  The suspension was put into effect on March 11.

Before Towns’ mother passed away, she unfortunately went into a medically induced coma, as sadly recounted by Towns in an Instagram TV video he uploaded in March.  According to the video, she didn’t get better and was uncomfortable, with worsening symptoms before she was put on a ventilator and went into a coma.  He said that he shared the video, according to CNN, in hopes that he could convince people who didn’t take the virus as seriously as they should to stay home and wait the pandemic out with social distancing.

Towns donated $100,000 to the Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic in order to assist the world-renowned medical center in its efforts in battling the coronavirus.

The Timberwolves organization expressed admiration for Cruz, saying she was “beloved by our entire organization”, adding that “Karl’s number one fan, Jackie provided constant and positive energy for him” as she passionately supported her son and his team at Target Center.


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