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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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271.

Kyle     

I have an inkling that after playing a very pro active, passionate game like football for the majority of your life and then becoming stagnant and retired could really hurt someones psyche.

717 days ago
272.

Monique    

God bless Junior Seau and his family. A true class act who helped many underprivileged children in our community with the Junior Seau foundation. San Diego has suffered a great loss.

717 days ago
273.

Kevin Noel    

After looking at your timeline strip I am starting to believe that what lead up to Junior Seau’s passing may have a lot to do with #TBI Traumatic brain injury!

717 days ago
274.

dean    

what type of person would video tape a mother this way

716 days ago
275.

H.R. Hudson    

I just have no words for this. Still in shock. Condolences to Junior's family.

716 days ago
276.

Michael Forever    

OMG, that was the saddest thing I have ever seen! Whatever you do, don't watch this while you are at work!!! You can't help the tears from falling down your face!

715 days ago
277.

Kate     

It breaks my heart to know he was in such pain. An amazing career, outstanding gifts, and adored and looked up to by so many.
I pray he finally has peace.

715 days ago
278.

Dr.Dave    

It's too soon to conclude much about his death. Was he on meds, prescribed or illegal? Was he treated for depression? Did he have a huge blowout with the girlfriend? Why does no one have any idea what this is about? Supposedly he had a lot of friends. No one seems to have a clue about him. It's one thing to attempt to prove that brain trauma may lead to dementia--it's quite another and much more difficult to prove it is the cause of a suicide. People commit suicide for many reasons and it has yet to be shown that brain trauma is one of the causes. People often choose to get help for their anguish. It doesn't appear that Seau did.

715 days ago
279.

Paul    

Not cool guys. Please read reporting guidelines around suicide. Speculation around suicide and details of the method used should never be reported on. There is a lot of research on how this type of reporting can affect vulnerable young people.

715 days ago
280.

Gwendolyn Perkins    

I want to express my condolences to the Seau Family and to his girlfriend Megan for what appear to be one of the most traumatic experience in her life.. I do not know what Junior was going through but I do know there are othrt options. Please talk to someone, do not take your life, think of your family and friends because they love you.

715 days ago
281.

lamar    

i looked through all the pictures and oddly i dont see hardly if any pics of wife grieving or there at the scene,hmmm.

712 days ago
282.

Cao    

Makes you wonder how he perceived her love for him. For him to do that while she was out meant that he wanted her to find him.

712 days ago
283.

Will Bulzomi    

I feel like there is a lot of post career dperession issues with pro athletes, but I do not think this is one of those cases he has been retired for a couple years I agree with the NFL and think this was related to concussions. Concussions are serious issues that clearly need to be understood because not just athletes get concussions and people all over the country are suffering from the same thing Mr. Seau did and they need help.

711 days ago
284.

Lena    

concussive syndrome if you ask me. I think all those concussions he suffered playing football made him sort of unbalanced in the head...triggered depression or something and THAT made him kill himself.

Football should be outlawed.

710 days ago
285.

anthony    

I'de be looking at the wife. Just doesn't add up. Come on!

708 days ago
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