In April, Karl-Anthony Towns lost his mother Jacqueline to COVID-19. For the first time, the former Cat is opening up about what he calls the toughest year of his life.
Karl sat down with Natalie Manuel Lee to describe his mother’s fight with the coronavirus, from the initial warning signs to her weeks in the hospital in a medically-induced coma to the day she had a stroke and Karl had to make the unfathomably difficult decision to set her free. The interview is interspersed with pictures and videos of the Towns family in happier times, but watching Karl talk about his mother’s final moments will break your heart.
“We were talking to her, we were laughing and it’s such a weird thing. My sister was bringing up stories, she was laughing. Her sister is on the phone and I remember she cut us off and said, ‘Hey, I just wanted to let you guys know that she has passed away officially.’ She had took her last breath with laughter. There was no other way Jackie would have wanted it. She didn’t want people to cry for her. She wanted people to laugh. So she was sent off with laughter.”
Here’s a short clip, followed by the entire interview:
"I could never replace her. She was everything to all of us. But the least thing I could do is pick up some of her pieces, try to rebuild the puzzle."
— ESPN (@espn) November 3, 2020
Karl posted this message with the YouTube video last night.
Thank you everyone for the prayers, well wishes, and condolences during this time. I also want to give a double thank you to all the true fans that support me as more than just a basketball player. My love for ya knows no bounds.
We love you too, Karl.