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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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196.

Joshua    

...for the record, it does NOT sound like a suicide. In general, people do not shoot themselves in the chest when committing suicide, they do not die fast that way, they bleed out, which is excruciating. Furthermore, his family and friends say that there have been no recent signs of depression or anything like that. How can this be seen as suicide? On what basis?

904 days ago
197.

Renee Nelson    

R.I.P Junior you will be missed.

904 days ago
198.

marcella     

soud like his mom helped. But homie R.I.P

904 days ago
199.

IGUANA    

sad news ~ RIP Junior Seau you will be missed

904 days ago
200.

Claudine Prosper    

Concussions are no laughing matter. It's a Brain enjury. It can make a person do unuaual things. I fear the same in happening in other sports like hockey and any other extream sports. This has to stop! NOW! Children are growing up without their Daddy around. Rest in Peace my dear one.

904 days ago
201.

Meanie    

Very sad when someone takes their life, or dies too early. That said, when will pro sports FINALLY look at the problems of doping and extreme amounts of painkiller meds the NFL, NHL, NBA and baseball players use? Don't think abusing bottle and bottle of OTC meds and booze and under radar doping aren't a MAJOR factor in these "suicides".

904 days ago
202.

Gingerroxy1    

Rest in peace bro I will miss u

904 days ago
203.

bubblezzz    

May his family have a peace that can surpass all understanding. Very unfortunate...God give his mother peace

904 days ago
204.

Jordan    

Rest In Peace Junior Rest in Peace

904 days ago
205.

tucker    

Very, very sad. We loved him in New England. Rest in peace, Junior.

904 days ago
206.

DaveT    

Sad news, suicidal people don't feel any hope.
Usually when we feel the blues, we still feel hope, maybe not much, but enough to help us carry through until we feel better.
Suicidal people think hope is gone. They're wrong, they just don't realize it at the time, but we never know what good tomorrow will bring.
We can feel down one day, then the next day we see an old friend up town or win $10 on lottery or a favorite movie comes on TV or whatever.
Sad when people can't see past today, and give up. Wish more people would remind themselves that you never know, tomorrow or next week can bring better things, and usually does.

904 days ago
207.

gcb0569    

Wow.........

904 days ago
208.

Timmy Boy    

Poor lady

904 days ago
209.

Steak    

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904 days ago
210.

tucker    

Sad, sad day. We loved him in New England. Rest in peace, Junior.

904 days ago
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