Former Eagles FB Kevin Turner Dies at 46 Following ALS Battle - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Former Eagles FB Kevin Turner Dies at 46 Following ALS Battle

Turner, who played for the Eagles from 1995-99, battled with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) for the last six years.

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    Former Eagles FB Kevin Turner Dies at 46 Following ALS Battle
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    Former Eagle Kevin Turner was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease in June, 10 years after leaving the NFL.

    Former Eagles fullback Kevin Turner died on Thursday morning at the age of 46, according to the Kevin Turner Foundation.

    Turner, who played for the Eagles from 1995-99, battled with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) for the last six years.

    In his five seasons with the Eagles, Turner played in 58 games and started 46. In 1999, he was a teammate of current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Turner played collegiately at Alabama and was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 1992 NFL Draft.

    Turner was also a teammate of Donovan McNabb, when McNabb was a rookie in 1999. McNabb tweeted the following on Thursday afternoon: "Prayers and blessing go out to a former teammate of mine Kevin Turner, unfortunately he passed away. Great mentor and friend. KT we miss you."

    From the time of his diagnosis in 2010, Turner turned his attention to his foundation to raise awareness to ALS and "sports-related traumatic brain injuries."

    Turner was one of the faces of the group of NFL players who sued the league for healthcare costs and compensation for players who suffered brain injuries while playing in the NFL.

    Turner's father, Raymond, posted the following message on Thursday: "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."