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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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256.

Huckleberry    

This is awful. Did Bill Belichick seal Junior Seau's fate when he convinced him to come out of retirement? Did Bill B. convince him, in effect, to kill himself by playing even though he knew to retire early.

904 days ago
257.

Jen    

I Wonder what percentage of people who commit suicide shoot themselves in the chest . . . .

904 days ago
258.

Nishima    

Junior Seau Dead: Did Concussion Play Role? -http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3374032

904 days ago
259.

Vivek    

A quick look back on his career http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3374035 the best LB to ever play in the NFL was Junior Seau. He shared his warm smile and joy with millions of fans and we will always miss and remember our "Buddy".

904 days ago
260.

Michelle    

If it was Suicide...People have a little respect for him and his Family, seriously. You have no idea what he was going through, and this is not the time to bad mouth him!

904 days ago
261.

Brenda Tucker    

When you lose someone very PRECIOUS, no one Else can REALLY know how you feel.Let's have some RESPECT for the FAMILY. My HEART goes out to them.PLEASE know our caring thoughts are with theFamily.God Bless them.JUNIOR SEAU RIP MY BROTHER.WE LOVE YOU.!!!
Sincerly,Skippy Tucker

904 days ago
262.

Brenda Tucker    

Great Football Player and a Loving Man.I'm sooooo sorry for the family. OMG.! RIP my Brother.My Heart and Prayers are for the Family and Fans. He was TRULEY LOVED.

904 days ago
263.

Linda    

After watching Good Morning America, he did the same thing to himself another athlete did and left a note to check his brain cells because of so much wrong with him mentally due to injuries in football. They should check his too.

903 days ago
264.

bill    

I wish that he got help i feel so bad for his mother and loved ones

903 days ago
265.

chris    

that was awful his poor mother

903 days ago
266.

Alatin1    

R.I.P Jr Seau Remembering Say owwwwww... Props out to the Oceanside High School Keep up the football program and hold your heads up for you have represented what Jr was all about... A Definite San Diego Team player will be missed, to the Team @ Seau's resturant bow in prayer to the ones that knew Seau we live to die and die to live, keep the Faith...to the family a dozen scented Plumerias to calm your heartfelt pain...Always Alatin1

903 days ago
267.

soti    

so sad to see this. i was getting on line to check my emails and seen this pop up about (Jr SEAU) all i could say is WOW! SO SOOO SAD. one of the best football player Ive ever seen play.. OFA ATU TOKO U'A (love you brother) from your tongan fans RIP..

903 days ago
268.

MR.BIGSEXY    

man we lost another football player he was so good

903 days ago
269.

AJ    

Is anyone else confused as to why this was announced as "appearing to be a suicide" so early on? With supposedly no suicide note left why would the local law enforcement announce that day one? It may very well have been a suicide but this seems like the local cops could easily have a botched investigation if it were ever discovered to not be suicide since they allowed so many friends and family inside the home before the body was even removed. Nobody else seems to be talking about how confusing both of those facts are.
Just look back at Whitney Houston's death...they didn't even let her daughter in the room...it was considered a crime scene until ruled otherwise.
Just find it funny how everyone is jumping on the suicide train here when no real facts have been released besides that he was shot in the chest.
Regardless, sad day and my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

903 days ago
270.

Scot Conway    

Please share anywhere you think this might do some good. This is what I do as a pastoral counselor when I am faced with someone feeling suicidal: http://shar.es/2vEIM

903 days ago
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