(CNN) – Researchers say they’ve found the strongest possible case showing a link between traumatic brain disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The announcement comes after researchers at Boston University and the veteran’s administration studied the brain of former NFL player Kevin Turner.
Turner was the lead plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit against the NFL. He died in March of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS. Researchers say the former player had the most advanced stage of chronic traumatic encephalopathy with motor neuron disease.
CTE has been linked to repeated brain trauma and scientists suggests hits like those taken by football players, can lead to the disease.
Dr. Anne McKee said, “I think this is unacceptable. We have to, you know, eradicate this. It’s a totally preventable disease. Let’s start preventing it.”
Tamara Alan, of the Kevin Turner Foundation mentioned, “Kevin always used to say, ‘It’s not enough to make a difference — you need to be the difference,’ and I think today, Kevin is the difference.”
CTE has been found in the brains of several former football players.