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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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151.

Kat    

That "reporter" is HORRIBLE. Please make her stop talking.

800 days ago
152.

squeakermama    

Dear Lord somebody please take his mother somewhere in private. She is in shock and needs to be surrounded by close fiends and family. She is not in her right mind. How awful. Breaking my heart.

800 days ago
153.

Sue    

RIP Junior. BUT GET THE CAMERA's out of there!! Give the family time. Oh my gosh. I can't imagine going through this and having all this new raw emotion filmed live. Sickening! I refuse to watch.

800 days ago
154.

OC'Raynard    

WOW; THIS IS BAD NEWS. I REALLY HOPE EVERYONE PRAY FOR Junior Sesu's MOTHER "R.I.P.JUNIOR" :-(

800 days ago
155.

bwill    

some of these comments are stupid and uncalled for... whatever the reason it happened for those of you downing him grow up what if it was you? He accomplished more in his career than most of you will in a lifetime. Have some respect.

800 days ago
156.

steve    

its hard to believe that jr would take him self out..there has to be more to this story

800 days ago
157.

Yo    

Oh no.. JR.. Sad day in SD.

800 days ago
158.

Nic M.    

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I AM EVEN READING THIS. I HOPE HE GET'S THE PEACEFUL REST HE DESERVES. #SOTERRIBLYSAD.

800 days ago
159.

jamaal    

dam one the best too play the game

RIP

800 days ago
160.

Randy    

I will keep my opinion on the death of junior Sean until the cause of death is offical

800 days ago
161.

norm    

Prayers go out to his family! If this was suicide, what a shame. Depression is an aweful disease, and I know sometimes you do not see it coming.

800 days ago
162.

SARAH    

R.I.P JR. You will be so missed!! Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many. :(

800 days ago
163.

Jeff    

Seems he was troubled the past few years. That incident when he drove off a cliff now seems even more suspicious.

I hope he is at peace now. Enjoyed him during his last few years as a Patriot season ticket holder.

800 days ago
164.

Larry    

This is terrible.

800 days ago
165.

Joe     

Not the first NFL player to commit suicide in this manner, exact same way Dave Duerson did last year complete with note. This is another example of what the lawsuit against the NFL is all about. There is a direct connection between concussions and depression.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/sports/football/21duerson.html

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