The ALS Association mourns the passing of Kevin Turner, 46, who succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on March 24, 2016.
His father, Raymond Turner, posted this on Facebook: "Just wanted to tell everyone, Myra and I lost a great son today. He will be missed so much, Thank everyone so very much over this journey we have had for all your support, prayers. He was ready to go to Heaven, excited he said. Love y'all, and thanks God Bless."
Turner is a former football player, both for the University of Alabama and in the NFL, first learning the game at age five. He suffered countless concussions, which he believes led to his diagnosis.
According to a 2013 interview, "I really believe that had I not played all those years, that I wouldn't have this condition," Turner said.
Turner donated his brain to the NFL Brain Bank so it can be studied after death to determine a link between concussions and neurodegenerative diseases including ALS and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The Kevin Turner Foundation works to raise awareness of the seriousness of brain trauma in athletes at every level of competition, and its possible connection to ALS.
Following the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, the Foundation was involved in the Collaboration for a Cure, which brought together ALS organizations to determine strategies to better facilitate treatments and a cure for the disease.
“Our hearts go out to Kevin’s family, friends and fans. The ALS community has lost a hero, who has brought attention and resources to the fight against ALS,” said Barb Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. Visit the Kevin Turner Foundation at http://www.brain-not-bell.com/