Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother Jacqueline Cruz has died from complications from COVID-19, the family wrote on Monday in a statement shared by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Jackie, as she was affectionately known to her family and friends, had been battling the virus for more than a month when she died on April 13,” said the release.
“Jackie was a lot for many people – a wife, a mother, a daughter, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt and a friend. Matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; an ardent, caring and extremely loving person who touched everyone she met. “
On March 25, Towns revealed that his mother had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, and had been put on ventilator due to breathing problems and placed in a medically induced coma. The 24-year-old father, Karl Towns Sr., also tested positive for the virus, but was released from hospital and quarantined.
“This disease should not be taken lightly,” said Towns. “Please protect your family, loved ones, friends, yourself. Practice social distancing, please don’t be in places with a lot of people. “