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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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181.

Valerie    

Nice going TMZ, showing his mom breaking down. Way to keep it classy. A new low.

867 days ago
182.

Jpb    

May he rest in peace! People who commit suicide are to sick to see any other way out. Their pain is so torturous they only want to escape. Rational people can't understand the depths of the despair these people feel! Let us all try not to judge this man's suicide. We don't know the pain he felt.

867 days ago
183.

Jay    

Junior's in hell now!

867 days ago
184.

Tim Peterson    

RIP Junior. We will miss you here in Oside... Thank you for all of the things you did for the Oceanside and San Diego communities. Prayers be with your family..

867 days ago
185.

Proud2bBlack    

My heartbreaks to see another mom lose her child so unexpectedly. R.I.P Junior you were a great great man to the NFL. May God give your mom the strength to endure this tragedy. And blessings to the entire family.

867 days ago
186.

SSinOC    

You could probably link this directly to the prescribed anti-depressants. You won't read that in the mainstream news though.

867 days ago
187.

Unbelievable    

My heart breaks for his mother, children and family. Watching his mother cried made me cried. Too sad he took his own life if he did. I hope he finds eternal peace. Mama Seau my prayers are with you for God's strength and inner peace during this time.

867 days ago
188.

SSinOC    

You could probably link this directly to the prescribed anti-depressants. You won't read that in the mainstream news though.

867 days ago
189.

Wally    

doesnt matter how much fame or fortune...Life can still really suck sometimes. RIP JR.

867 days ago
190.

Alexander Hernandez    

This is the wierdest thing thats happened to me but im pretty sure I saw Junior yesterday fly out of MSP airport...Condolences to the SEAU family..

867 days ago
191.

playmakerdm    

To My Friend Junior Seau
Everyday i walked by your house and you always waved to me hello. I will once again will walk by your house and wave hello and now goodbye... playmakerdm

867 days ago
192.

scott    

miss juniors seau favorites fan player in patriots fan miss him alot sound prayers family seau

867 days ago
193.

LT    

Over-rated.

867 days ago
194.

playmakerdm    

To My Friend Junior Seau .. i always walked by your house and you will always wave to me hello . I will Once again will walk by your house and say hello and now goodbye R.I.P ..

867 days ago
195.

Marinemom    

Rest in Peace Junior.

867 days ago
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