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03 November 2016

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Thursday 3 November 2016

Former Patriot Kevin Turner died from CTE, not ALS

Former Patriots running back Kevin Turner lived the last six years of his life believing he was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In fact, Turner, who died in March at age 46, spent his excruciating final years stricken with a severe case of football-related chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which caused a motor neuron disease similar to ALS, researchers at Boston University announced Thursday.

“This is not ALS; this is CTE,’’ Dr. Ann McKee, the director of BU’s CTE Center, said at a news conference attended by Turner’s parents and the families of other former National Football League players who were diagnosed with CTE after their deaths.

McKee said former Boston College linebacker Ron Perryman, who died in 2011 at age 42, also was incorrectly diagnosed with ALS before a postmortem autopsy of his brain confirmed he had developed a motor neuron disease similar to Turner’s because of CTE.

Turner’s father, Raymond, cited the findings as evidence that the NFL needs to do more to protect its players from brain damage.

“It’s a big-money thing, I realize that,’’ Raymond Turner said. “But they can make it safer.’’

The CTE Center has diagnosed the disease in 91 deceased football players (CTE can only be diagnosed through postmortem brain autopsies). McKee said 17 of those players who were believed to have died of ALS instead were killed by CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain injuries.

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