Former Eagles fullback Kevin Turner died Thursday morning at his Alabama home after a 6-year battle with ALS. He was 46.

Turner, who entered hospice two days ago, leaves behind his wife, Allison, and three children: Nolan, 18, Natalie, 15 and Cole, 12.

"Just wanted to tell every one, Myra and I lost a great son today. He will be missed so much," Raymond Turner, Kevin's father, posted on Facebook. "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 was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 1992 draft. The Eagles signed Turner to a three-year, $4.1 million deal with a $1.5 million signing bonus when he hit free agency in 1995, which at the time represented the second-highest salary for a fullback in the league.

He retired following the 1999 season.

In 2010, Turner was diagnosed with incurable amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neuromuscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

After his diagnosis and until his death, Turner was outspoken about the violence of the sport causing debilitating brain damage, including his own.