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Love, condolences for Karl-Anthony Towns pour in from around league in wake of his mother’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 4: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on before the game against the Chicago Bulls on March 04, 2020 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Karl Anthony Towns’ mother, Jacquline Towns, has died from complications of COVID-19. The Timberwolves center had talked previously and emotionally about having his mother in a medically induced coma and fighting for her life.

The Towns family issued a statement through the Timberwolves:

“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. 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. Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”

From around the NBA, love and sympathy for Towns have poured in.

The National Basketball Players Association issued a statement:

“Words cannot express the extreme sadness each of us feels at the news of the passing of Karl Anthony-Towns’ loving Mother, Jacqueline Towns. Our hearts break for Karl and his family and we send them our love and support at this very difficult time.”

Others took to Twitter to express their condolences and to reach out to Towns, starting with his college coach, John Calipari.