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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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16.

Jay W.     

Sad news... RIP Junior.

903 days ago
17.

JM in San Diego CA    

So sad. I've lived in San Diego for many years -- including all of Junior's playing days here -- and he was a great guy to all who knew him. Somehow, the demons ...

RIP

903 days ago
18.

Muppet    

There are no words when something like this happens. Rest in peace. :(

903 days ago
19.

ray    

SHAME, a h3ll of a ballplayer

903 days ago
20.

The Truth    

Class Act, Good Father, Good Son, Good Man


It is sad that he is gone so young in his life. He was and is a good man. He was a joy to watch playing football and an even more joy to see him and his kids at charity events or just playing at the beach.


Thank you Junior and our condolences to his family and children.


The Truth Hurts (In this case it hurts to see a good man die so young)


**Please hater’s, or instigators let the man rest in peace and give his family time to grieve. It is sad you have already stated. Use some class.

903 days ago
21.

Sharon    

He was a good guy. I knew him as I lived down the street when he was in high school and went on to work for the Charger docs and talked with him a few times. We will miss him.

903 days ago
22.

blake    

"11:23 AM PDT -- The coroner just arrived on scene."
sweet jesus, you're living blogging from the scene? What's wrong with you people?

903 days ago
23.

Denver Larry    

Man another great one bites the dust. God Bless the family. R.I.P bro Junior

903 days ago
24.

Ted Gammon    

This really blows! What does this say about his success? He was a true winner; A great role model; A gentleman; If it was suicide, it makes me mad that he didn't get help because we'll miss him.

903 days ago
25.

FABIO    

I'll say that is was either DRUGS or the EX-WIFE was trying to squeeze him...

903 days ago
26.

Mary    

So sad, he was my hubby's fav player. RIP

903 days ago
27.

Kachibito    

RIP to one of the great NFL defensive players, and please, let's raise more awareness about mental health. Most people see mental illness as taboo and most sufferers fight in silence for fear of being stigmatized. Mental illness is no different from physical illness; let's help each other out!

903 days ago
28.

cass    

R.I.P. Junior.

I wonder if post-concussion syndrome played any part in this.

903 days ago
29.

cyndalie    

RIP Seau. Loved your time with the Dolphins.

903 days ago
30.

Kachibito    

RIP to one of the great NFL defensive players, and please, let's raise more awareness for mental health. Most people still see mental illness as taboo and most sufferers fight in silence for fear of being stigmatized. Mental illness is no different from physical illness; let's help each other out!

903 days ago
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