Karl-Anthony Towns announced three weeks ago that his mother, Jacqueline Towns, was in a medically induced coma after contracting COVID-19 in a tearful message to fans to take social distancing seriously and do everything possible to slow the spread of the deadly virus. Sadly, on Monday, the Timberwolves organization announced that Jacqueline Towns had passed due to complications from the novel coronavirus.
“The Timberwolves organization is incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications from COVID-19. In the four-plus years we were fortunate to know Jackie, she became part of our family. Her passion for life and for her family was palpable. As Karl’s number one fan, Jackie provided constant and positive energy for him and was beloved by our entire organization and staff at Target Center as she supported her son and the Timberwolves. The League, teams, and players have come together in their support of Jackie and Karl and we are grateful for our NBA family. We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and medical personnel who cared for Jackie during her illness and all of Karl’s fans who sent their support this past month. Our deepest condolences go out to Karl and his family during this difficult time.”
It is a somber reminder of the seriousness of the situation and why the league, like so many other businesses, has come to a halt amid the pandemic. As the news spread, players from around the NBA offered their condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the Towns family as they deal with the pain of this tragedy.
Man… thoughts and prayers with you and the entire family @KarlTowns 🙏🏾
— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 13, 2020
Sending my love and prayers to my brother @KarlTowns and his family❤️ 🙏🏾
— John Wall (@JohnWall) April 13, 2020
Man, prayers to KAT and his family. Sitting here trying to find the words to say…just so sad. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 13, 2020
Damn man. Praying for KAT and his family. Terrible News https://t.co/y2ZBMbfSxd
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 13, 2020
— SLOWMO (@KyleAnderson5) April 13, 2020
Wow 😢. Praying for you and the family right now bro @KarlTowns 🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) April 13, 2020
Crazy…😔 Prayers up @KarlTowns 🙏🏻 https://t.co/FNPv2DOeiP
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) April 13, 2020
I’m so sorry @KarlTowns love you bro! Thoughts and prayer to your family.
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) April 13, 2020
RIP momma Kat 😔
— Terry Rozier (@T_Rozzay3) April 13, 2020
Prayers go out to @KarlTowns and his family.
— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) April 13, 2020
Praying for KAT and his family right now!!!!! God please be with him
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 13, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to @KarlTowns and his family. Can’t believe it. RIP Mrs. Towns
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) April 13, 2020
Sending my thoughts & prayers to @KarlTowns 🙏🏿..
— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) April 13, 2020
Praying for @KarlTowns and his family. Rest In Peace Mrs Jacqueline Towns! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😔😔😔
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 13, 2020
Mrs. Towns was always warm and sweet. Praying for the whole Towns family. RIP….🙏🏾
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 13, 2020
My condolences go out to my brother @KarlTowns your mom was always a big joy of excitement…. I love you bro thoughts and prayers to your family!!
— shabazz muhammad (@ShabazzMuhammad) April 13, 2020
🙏🏽 For @KarlTowns and his family man 😥… https://t.co/wy7IG7O74O
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) April 13, 2020
— Justin Anderson (@JusAnderson1) April 13, 2020
Wow smh prayers up to KAT and his family. We all have to stick together. https://t.co/AMepATsAXH
— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) April 13, 2020
Prayers for KAT ❤️
— Thomas Robinson (@Trobinson0) April 13, 2020
Praying for the Karl Anthony Towns’ family ❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) April 13, 2020