METUCHEN, NJ -- The mother of NBA superstar and Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) Karl-Anthony Towns has died, a victim of the coronavirus.
"Jackie was many things to many people — a wife, a 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." -- Towns Family statement
Known as Karl Towns during his high school career, the NBA star led the Falcons to state championships at Saint Joseph before heading to the University of Kentucky, where he played for a year before declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft. He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first overall pick in 2015.
Towns announced that his mother was ill on March 24, when he posted an emotional video on Instagram detailing his mom's battle against COVID-19. At the time of the announcement, she was hospitalized and in a medically induced coma.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Towns family during this extremely challenging time. It was always a pleasure to have Mr. and Mrs. Towns as part of the Saint Joseph community. Mrs. Towns will be sorely missed," the high school posted on its Facebook page.