Karl-Anthony Towns Says He’s Lost Seven Family Members To COVID

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns told reporters he “hasn’t been in a good place” since losing his mother to complications from COVID-19 in April.

Towns then added that seven family members overall have died as a result of the virus. He did not elaborate beyond saying he is taking a leadership role and trying to make sure his family is educated.

“I’m the one looking for answers to try to keep my family well-informed and make all the moves necessary to keep them alive,” Towns said.

Towns has not played in an NBA game in nearly year, suffering a wrist injury Feb. 10 that sidelined him until the season was suspended in March. The Timberwolves were not among the 22 teams invited to resume the season on the Disney campus in July.

The NBA is scheduled to tip off the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22. Towns and the Timberwolves open Dec. 23 at home vs. the Detroit Pistons.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. I know he lost his mother back in April from complications, but what’s the probability of losing 7 family members to a moderately dangerous virus? He must have a gigantic extended family. If it’s true it’s tragic…and insanely improbable.

  2. I feel for anyone who has lost a family member due to Covid. I lost my sister to the virus a month ago. She was at a rehab facility working on leg strength and caught it from one of the staff. It was tragic, but that being said, she had a compromised immune system and was near 70 (a bad combo for Covid). What bothers me is when have we heard any numbers on flu deaths (typically between 20,000 – 60,000 each year since 2010. Heart disease and cancer are the #1 and #2 leading causes of death in the U.S. Combined these diseases usually account for over 1.2 million deaths. What are the 2020 numbers? I heard of a man who had been battling cancer for several years, but his recent cause of death was attributed to Covid. There is no doubt that Covid is extremely contagious and dangerous to the elderly (and any who are compromised), but the death rate is questionable to say the least.

  3. Statistically, 7 deaths is a huge anomaly. I have had at least 12 cousins test positive for covid. My 90 year old aunt tested positive two weeks ago, and never had more than a stuffy nose. She was placed in a “high-intensity” unit for ten days 🙁 There were 9 other residents of the nursing home who tested positive. One died, but he had been battling cancer for several years and was very weak.

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