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Junior Seau Dead

Cops Suspect Suicide

5/2/2012 11:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Junior Seau has died, and cops suspect suicide.

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4:09 PM PDT -- Law enforcement tells us ... investigators discovered a revolver at the scene. It's unclear who the gun belongs to.

1:52 PM PDT --
The Oceanside PD tells us ... Seau's girlfriend was at the home this morning and saw Seau alive ... before she left to the gym at 7:45 AM.

We're told when she returned ... she claims she discovered Seau bleeding from his chest and immediately called 911.

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NFL legend Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, CA home this morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy just spoke outside Seau's San Diego house, claiming Seau's body was initially discovered by Seau's girlfriend.

A 911 call was placed around 10AM this morning -- authorities responded to the scene, and found Seau's unconscious body inside a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Paramedics attempted to revive Seau, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His body has just been removed from the house and is currently being transported to the Medical Examiner's office in a white van.

McCoy says investigators recovered a handgun in the bedroom -- and the case is currently being investigated as a suicide.

A law enforcement official tells TMZ ... no suicide note has been discovered at the scene.

Seau's mother also spoke briefly -- and she was hysterical, crying to God, "Take me. Leave my son alone!"



Seau was 43-years-old. He is survived by 4 children and an ex-wife.

We're told Seau sent text messages to his ex-wife and kids yesterday saying, "Love you." They all responded, but didn't suspect anything was wrong. We're told he last saw his kids 3 weeks ago.

Sources close to Seau tell us family members didn't notice any signs of depression in recent weeks.

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The fact Seau chose to shoot himself in the chest seems like a premeditated decision -- considering several NFL players have recently killed themselves in a similar fashion in order to preserve their brains for research purposes ... in the wake of new studies which appear to connect football-related concussions to suicidal behavior.

Seau was a beast in the NFL -- skyrocketing to fame thanks to his explosive play with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. The USC standout was selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 1990 and played in the league for 20 years.

Seau was involved in a car accident back in 2010 when he drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, CA hours after he was arrested for allegedly attacking his girlfriend. Seau later said he was not trying to kill himself ... insisting he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

The San Diego Chargers released a statement, claiming, "Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now...We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family."

The New England Patriots also released a statement, claiming, "This is a sad day for the entire Patriots organization, our coaches and his many Patriots teammates. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends who will mourn this loss.”

Seau is the 8th member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers team to die before the age of 45 ... joining linebacker David Griggs, running back Rodney Culver, linebacker Doug Miller, center Curtis Whitley, defensive end Chris Mims, defensive tackle Shawn Lee and linebacker Lew Bush.

The Internet's exploding with reactions to Junior's death -- click here to read more.

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341 COMMENTS

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136.

Crys    

Yea, I want to say homicide. I believe someone set him up and the person who murdered him wrote the letter. smh He shot himself in the chest? Right.

803 days ago
137.

MFeratu    

committed suicide?!?
whatta bum...
lost all his fame...
and couldnt handle his midlife crisis...
no sympathy on this part!
he put that burden on his family...
no one elses fault but his own...

803 days ago
138.

boatrgirl    

Shocking! Taking your own life when you have children to raise. Selfish act. May his family find the strengh in the coming days.

803 days ago
139.

Albertwalk    

This has nothing to do with concussions and obviously everything to do with his wife..hasn't seen his kids in three weeks. Previously tried to kill himself. We all knew the last one was a suicide attempt. Extremely sad that nobody investigated or looked more into that accident. Hindsight is clearly 20/20, but the man's life could have been saved, if he got proper help.

803 days ago
140.

love SD    

the BEST Charger player, RIP you are missed

803 days ago
141.

Ron    

Sad, I pray for his children & family first. I would have loved to see his H.O.F speach.... my god forgive his sin. Great player....espn has YET to comment on this... to busy with Bounty gate

803 days ago
142.

Florentina Garcia    

:(

803 days ago
143.

marcia    

Hello no brainer. He hadnt seen his kids in 3 weeks; even thou thats typical of most dads it can't be a good sign. Very selfish act......

803 days ago
144.

CAPEJAN    

SO SAD.. THANK YOU JUNIOR FOR BEING A GREAT N.E. PATRIOT.

803 days ago
145.

Lex    

I did a photo shoot with Junior for the Chargers Kid's Club back in '93; he was super nice to us and gave us all signed jerseys, shirts & photos. So sad!

803 days ago
146.

Chris    

Well its obvious now that he tried to kill himself when he drove off the cliff.

RIP from a Steeler fan.

803 days ago
147.

Gia    

I was good friends with the family and yes it was suicide. Please be respectful of the entire Seau family

803 days ago
148.

ITUS    

SAD

803 days ago
149.

lr    

i call bull**** on it, TMZ is the only one reporting it....not nfl.com, not wikipedia, NOT yahoo and definitely NOT ESPN....until they say something I ain't buyin it

803 days ago
150.

IceGypsy    

How sad, no mother should have to bury a child.

803 days ago
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