As the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is mourning the loss of Melissa Rios, the mother of his 6-year-old son David, he told reporters Friday.

Rios, 31, died of an epileptic seizure on March 27 at her home in Calabasas, California.

David is with Howard in Georgia, where he has been riding out the NBA hiatus on his 23-acre property.

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Howard was planning to invite Rios — a real estate agent and epilepsy advocate — to spend time with him and their son in Georgia when he found out she had died.

Howard, 34, said spending time with David and his four other children has given him some comfort during an uneasy time.

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