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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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166.

Alex Waizman    

RIP Junior Seau. You were a resiliant opponent against us, but even Raider Nation will always honor and respect you. May GOD Bless your family in this time of sorrow.

814 days ago
167.

Patrick Bateman    

He is the eighth member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers to die at a young age (the others are Chris Mims, David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Lewis Bush, Curtis Whitley, Shawn Lee, and Doug Miller). Mere coincidence? I think a serious study needs to be made of the effects of high impact sports (especially wrestling) which potentially involve concussions or other damage to the brain or spinal column.

814 days ago
168.

Tau'Kat    

Seau who? Oh, you mean the guy that counts because he played a game. Got it, it's sad. Next.

814 days ago
169.

Umar    

We lost one of the ALL TIME GREATEST!

814 days ago
170.

Desia Ritson    

My dear Junior, you did so much, gave so much, your generosity was so unbelievable, we loved you. I do not think you had an enemy. You gave done so much for Oceanside and San Diego County all over wherever you went you gave. RIP God Bless your mom and family you will be so missed I like so many am in shock.

814 days ago
171.

Kate Kack    

Hadn't he been arrested NUMEROUS times for beating up his wives/girlfriends?? GOOD RIDDANCE S***BAG!!

814 days ago
172.

Steak    

Better investigate the girlfriend........

814 days ago
173.

SF    

Man. His kids. His kids. His kids. Just thinking about his kids. He must have been hurting beyond comprehension to leave them with this legacy. It's heartbreaking.

814 days ago
174.

dawnmarie    

SOOOO sad to hear this news...horrible. What a football player, but even a much better man. He gave SOOOO much to the community of San Diego. God rest his soul. My thoughts & prayers are with his entire family.

814 days ago
175.

ShrinkWrap    

TMZ, reporting someone's death is acceptable. Shooting pictures and video of their grief stricken family and loved ones, is not. Vultures.

814 days ago
176.

kim    

JUNIOR MAY HE REST IN PIECE... HIS POOR MOM MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HER AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY... ALSO SENDING PRAYERS TO ALL INVOLVED:-(...

814 days ago
177.

Kenny    

One of the most overrated players in the NFL. Could never even account for 1 sack per game. Like most professional athletes, probably couldn't handle not being in the limelight.

814 days ago
178.

Jay    

Well he's going straight to he'll now!

814 days ago
179.

Jeetle    

WHy should he RIP, he isn't allowing his family any type of peace. They are now dealing with his selfish actions. I don't feel sorry for anyone who takes their own life, purely selfish. He didn't care enough about his family to get help with his own issues.

814 days ago
180.

Mighty Mike    

I get it. It's a sickness. So the crash a couple years back wasn't an accident, apparently. No offense, but your life was pretty good, Junior.

I know, "How do you know his life was pretty good?" - You ever suck d$%^ for blow? Well Bob Saget has, and you don't see him removing himself from the fold.

Derrick Thomas comes to mind. What he would have given to still be alive. It's just a selfish act at the pinnacle.

RIP - Thoughts and prayers to his surviving family. So sad.

814 days ago
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