Karl Anthony-Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, passed away on April 13.
Karl Anthony-Towns‘ mother, Jacqueline Towns, has passed away from coronavirus complications.
A spokesman for the Towns family issued the following statement via the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Twitter account.
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 13, 2020
“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 13,” the statement reads. “…The family is devastated by their tremendous loss, and respectfully requests privacy in this time of great mourning.”
Back in March, Anthony-Towns had released a video sharing his mother was diagnosed with coronavirus and was in a coma. Both of his parents initially were tested due to not feeling well.
In a riveting video shared on Instagram, the NBA player said he was told earlier last week that she was not feeling well and that her condition began “deteriorating” over the next few days. This was when her fever went up to 103 degrees. He also noted that her health had been improving, but then things seemed to take a turn for the worse.
When speaking on her suffering from the coronavirus, he said:
“Things went sideways quick and she was having trouble breathing and they were explaining to me that she had to be put on a ventilator. She was confused by everything and I was trying to talk to her about everything and encourage her to stay positive. I talked to her before she went there and told her how much I love her.”
Additionally, he went into detail about the fact that when his mother originally wasn’t feeling well he prompted her to go to the nearest hospital and get tested for coronavirus. Towns also noted that numerous medicines were tried out on his mother.
The Instagram caption read:
“We can beat this, but this is serious and we need to take every precaution. Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines.”
Before the video ended Towns makes it clear that coronavirus shouldn’t be taken lightly. “Protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. This disease is deadly,” he shared.
Watch the entire video below.
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Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines. Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time.
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This article was originally posted on March 25, 2020. It was updated on April 13, 2019.
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