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Kevin Turner dead at 46 after battling ALS

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21 Nov 1999: Kevin Turner #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks on the field during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Colts defeated the Eagles 44-17. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

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Former Eagles and Patriots fullback Kevin Turner died on Thursday at the age of 46.

Turner was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2010 and started a foundation that worked to research the disease and possible links to brain trauma in athletes. A message from his father Raymond is posted on the foundation’s website.

“Myra and I lost a great son today. He will be missed so much. Thanks to everyone so very much for your support and prayers during this journey. He was ready to go to Heaven, excited he said, Love y’all and God Bless.”

Turner spent eight years in the NFL after being selected in the third round of the 1992 draft by the Patriots. He ran 160 times for 635 yards and a touchdown and caught 236 passes for 2,015 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Turner is survived by his wife and three daughters. Our condolences go out to all of Turner’s family and friends on their loss.