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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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341 COMMENTS

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226.

Happy    

:(. RIP. Thanks for all you gave to football and all of the communities that you gave sooooo much to. Prayers to his family and friends.

801 days ago
227.

Betty    

Sad...very sad.

801 days ago
228.

Bruno    

So very sad. He was a great football player but and even better man. He used to come read to the kids on the pediatric unit I worked on. No cameras, no press. Just him on the floor with the kids. Damn, this is just so sad.

801 days ago
229.

Betty    

Suicide ?

801 days ago
230.

Spring    

Scientific American had article on head injuries and football players. He shot himself in the chest so his brain could be studied...the only way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy...brought about by the multiple concussions over the years.

801 days ago
231.

janet    

All the typical whaling, overplayed histerics, of course sue th nfl. If in fact he had any insurance policy, suicide, not a penny.

800 days ago
232.

Who Knew    

God I feel so bad for his family and his Mother, that was a touching interview of her. R.I.P. Junior Seau.

800 days ago
233.

sh    

He had 4 kids and not 3. The last child was from a girlfriend and wasn't planed. I feel sorry for his first wife (and the mom of his youngest) because now she has to raise those 3 kids without a father, and with the whole world looking on and knowing who he was an how he committed suicide. I wish he had not chosen such a permanent solution for what was a temporary problem. (After some of his off-field stunts over the past few years, remember Tila Tequila?, I had a feeling he would die young and messy.) He did so much great work off the field here in San Diego. I hope the right people are in place for that work to continue. Hugs to his mom, Luisa, but please don't put her in front of a mic until she can process things............it was heart wrenching. Hugs to his family....please try to turn this into something positive.

800 days ago
234.

amsjll    

Jessica Simpson is so mad he is raining on her 10lb baby girl with a boy's name parade...

Seriously now, look at his mother's face. I dont care what is wrong, go to a shrink, take a pill, you have no right to do that to the people who love you.

800 days ago
235.

Viper652    

RIP

800 days ago
236.

Lisa    

Could've been clinical depression. Men, especially ones like Jr. (big strong men) suffer in silence. If the driving off the cliff was a first attempt and he didn't get help...this could've been his final. Then again, there could be something to these multiple suicides of NFL players because of head injuries. Football is really quite a barbaric sport...sorry Cave Men ...never been a fan...and I believe it's hurting our men as like with everything else it's become even more violent. But the Public wants it and it pays the big bucks if you can get in. And then you have this like today. Sad.

800 days ago
237.

niles    

It may seem like a suicide, but let's wait for the investigation. He did not seem to have the kinds of problems that would lead to suicide. Time will tell if it was something else.

800 days ago
238.

KalaW94    

R.I.P Junior, my dad was a fan of his.
I will pray for his family, specially for his mother, may she stay strong during this devastating time!

800 days ago
239.

H. F.    

Here's the Memorial Page for Junior Seau ....... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Junior-Seau-Memorial-Page/281238461969755

800 days ago
240.

Lm    

RIP Junior. Nothing sadder than a parent burying their child....

To those in the bounty scandal... Don't waste time appealing, serve your suspension and remember these men who have died due to CTE and clean up your game.
We love watching you!!! Honor their memory...

800 days ago
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