She “had been fighting the virus for over a month” when she finally succumbed to it, the statement said.
Towns released his mother’s fight with Covid-19 in an emotional video released in late March. In it, he announced that his mother had been put on ventilator in a coma of medical origin.
He said he shared the video in the hope that everyone would stay at home.
The Timberwolves said that Towns’ mother was “loved by all of our organization.”
“His passion for life and for his family was palpable,” the team said in its statement. “As Karl’s number one fan, Jackie provided her with constant and positive energy and was loved by all of our organization and staff at the Target Center while supporting her son and the Timberwolves. “
A handful of NBA players have sent their condolences to Twitter.
In the family statement, the Towns family said that their matriarch “was a lot for many people – a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.”
They described it as “an incredible source of strength; an ardent, caring and extremely loving person who touched everyone she met. His passion was palpable and his energy will never be replaced. “
They thanked the “medical warriors” who cared for the cities of the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the JFK Medical Center, noting that they also helped her husband and Karl-Anthony’s father, Karl Sr., to recover from the virus.