Emmitt Smith says his mother has died.
The former Cowboys running back and NFL Hall of Famer announced Mary Smith's death on Instagram, writing: "I've lost many things in my life but nothing like the loss of my first Love, my mother. My heart is truly aching at this moment because I will never ever hear her voice again."
A spokeswoman for Smith said Mary Smith died Saturday in Dallas, where she was visiting her son and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The spokeswoman didn't say how she died or how old she was.
Smith added, "Mom, you will be forever missed and always treasured." He added, "I can hear her voice saying get up and get back in the game." He also posted a picture of himself and his mother.
Smith is receiving support from his former Cowboys teammate Michael Irvin, who tweeted to Smith : "We r lifting u guys up in our prayers."