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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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latonya    

I wish I would never have viewed this video. To see a mother anguishing over the death of her child....so sad.

814 days ago
242.

VA    

RIP JUNIOR, THESE SPORTS LEAGUES NEED TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF PROGRAM FOR RETIRED PLAYERS. AFTER PLAYING AT A HIGH LEVEL AND BEING ON TOP, WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE SPORTS ANYMORE AND THEY'RE LEFT WITH PHYSICAL PAIN WHICH ALSO TRIGGERS MENTAL PAIN. MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS CAN AFFECT ANYBODY, SOME DON'T WANT TO REACH OUT FOR HELP. THIS NEEDS TO BE MADE AWARE OF SO PEOPLE AREN'T EMBARRASSED TO ASK FOR HELP

814 days ago
243.

sandi    

RIP Junior...You are LOVED

814 days ago
244.

angel    

TMZ Who was his girlfiend?

RIP Junior Send the Angels to your Mother

814 days ago
245.

JOHN    

I THINK FOUL PLAY SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED. HE HAD TO MUCH TO LIVE FOR. IT JUST DOSEN'T. MAKE SENSE.

814 days ago
246.

Dom    

He was a great player, and a great citizen. It's just sad. Thank you Junior for all the great memories, even when you played for the Pat's... One of the all time greats.

814 days ago
247.

sandy soto    

whatching his mother cry out for her son is one of the most heart breaking things ever. you can tell she was a loving mother. it also brings you back to the fact that Junior was just human.forget the fact that he was rich and famous. to his mother Junior was her baby and no money or fame would take away the fact that her son is gone and that her pain is immense.is the money and fame worth this outcome? i am sure his mom would give anything just to have her son safe in her arms without a penny to her name.......

814 days ago
248.

Cindy    

Poor Momma....May God bless your whole family... :(

814 days ago
249.

Tony    

I went to Oceanside High School with Seau. He was a senior when I was a freshman. All of the areas high schools were afraid of OHS. Our team was full of Samoans due to our vicinity of Camp Pendleton. It was a culture shock to come there from Cardiff. Kids would wear big clocks around their necks in the hallways for class. Pusole would jump in their new members during lunch behind manhattan pizza. The Suicidal gang was alive and well, with Big Joe actually handcuffing me to an adversary once. Security guards would get beat up on football night. Pep rally's had the Hawaiin rhythm.

Suicide is more complex than a head injury. It is a unique situation for an individual's cir***stances. Consider his business ventures, like his Restaurant. The entrepreneur personality puts it all out there at times. Too much for mOst to stomach. I also founded a business, and can sometimes rest by putting my faith in god, and knowing I still do a service for Him, by providing for two awesome sons.

Life has the meaning that you give it. Sometimes negative can consume you, even when you realize what is happening is by lack of cognitiveness. For those times, you can only persist by knowing that time heals everything.

We love you Seau! Thank you for your contribution to our world! You will always remain a legend!

814 days ago
250.

Penina Malia Desmond    

I was a Seau fan even when he left to play for the other teams. I pray for your family so you all can come together in this time of lose. I know what it's like I just recently in Aug. lost my dad. My condolences Penina Malia Desmond and the Desmond Family Seau Fans #55

814 days ago
251.

Neil@San_Diego    

OMG!! Junior Seau's legacy will forever be remembered not only as a inspirational Pro Football Player/Future Hall of Famer but also a heroic humanitarian through his foundation and community efforts. My heart felt prayers go out to his children, mother, and family. Such a very sad day.....

814 days ago
252.

SInisterFate    

Come on TMZ...in between stories about Junior you've got a pic of that Nobody who got knocked up giving a thumbs up about to get a boob job...remove that ****'S picture...in fact, just stop reporting on these nobodys...please. ****ing wastes of space Reality stars. RIP Junior.

814 days ago
253.

kt    

RIP..terribly sad. Although I have no sympathy for anyone who commits suicide.

814 days ago
254.

Bennett    

Hey this is so very sad my best friend is guess who Hunter Seau and he got pulled out of school and RIP

814 days ago
255.

Ajalyn    

Seau wasn't just a great athlete, he was a great man who gave back to the community. I only wish that he knew just how much he was loved because it may have made a difference. RIP Junior.

814 days ago
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