Jacqueline Towns — mother of Karl-Anthony Towns, who played for the Minnesota Timberwolves — died on April 13 after falling ill from the coronavirus, COVID-19. She was 59.
“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 13th,” the Towns family said in a statement shared by the Timberwolves. “Jackie was many things to many people—a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.”
“The matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; a fiery, caring, and extremely loving person, who touched everyone she met,” the statement continued. “Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”
In a statement of their own on Monday, the Timberwolves called Jacqueline her son’s “number one fan” and a source of “positive energy.”
“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 NBA team said. “The League, teams and players have come together in their support of Jackie and Karl and we are grateful for our NBA family.”