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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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211.

Mia    

Who shoots themself in the chest??? Hmmmm...

903 days ago
212.

Nicollette    

RIP Junior. My all time favorite Charger. You are to the Chargers what Tony Gwynn is to the Padres, a legendary great. You WILL be missed. :'(

903 days ago
213.

playmakerdm    

My Friend Junior Seau,everday i walked by your house and you always waved hello , I will once again walk by your house and say hello now goodbye R.I.P ...Playmakerdm

903 days ago
214.

Jeff    

Just listening to the live broadcast and want to correct Harvey on one thing. A "Columbian Necktie" isn't the act of slicing one's throat. The name comes from a time when Columbians were getting back at their enemies by tying their hands behind their backs, then placing a car tire around the persons head and shoulders and lighting it on fire.

903 days ago
215.

Tabitha    

I find it disgusting and disrespectful that TMZ would post a video of a mother that just lost her son. Really?!? There has to be a line somewhere.

903 days ago
216.

tmzfan    

Why do the news outlets have to show the emotional pics of the family and friends? I hate that sh&t!

903 days ago
217.

free13    

Very Sad, Stand up guy and player, prayers to the family.. I hope they investigate this fully, junior doesnt seem the type for suicide and i wish they would have fully investigated before assuming so.. there may be more to this yet than whats known.. start with the girlfriend and dilegenty eliminate all the possibilitys first..

903 days ago
218.

jacie    

Wow what a deeply sad story I grew up watching Jr. Saui shine, didn't like his team but he was one of the best who played the game with heart. RIP Jr. Saui you'll be missed.

903 days ago
219.

jacksonfive210    

This is very sad news he was a great player and a better person who always gave it his all. I know one of his sons Jake from lacrosse who's going to duke great kid. I feel very sorry for his family RIP.

903 days ago
220.

socalhoney4u    

yea i feel bad for the kids.. but Junior was only good on the field...off the field he was a Samoan thug and thats what he is best known for down here in O'side

903 days ago
221.

free13    

Sad News, prayers to the family.. I do wish they would complete a full investigation before branding it a suicide.. start with the girlfriend and eliminate all the possibilities first.. doesnt seem like something junior would do, and watching his mom doesnt seem she thinks so either (moms know best).. Pay attention authorities!! there maybe something more to this than meets the eye!!

903 days ago
222.

Anon    

"HONEY, is this thing loa..."

~Junior Seau~

903 days ago
223.

ellen    

there is a very prominent hockey player, Derek Sanderson, whose steroid use and concussions forced him into a wheelchair and substance abuse. Bobby Orr and his charitable organization saved Derek's life. Professional sports needs desperately to follow this example. Compassion for for those who've served you with their minds and bodies needs to be addressed now...

903 days ago
224.

Melissa lee    

Rip junior!! He was one of my favorite players in the nfl. Life is so scary.

903 days ago
225.

tribe    

That was brutal listening to his mother. I am so heartbroken for her.

903 days ago
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