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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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31.

buzz kill    

BANG! BANG! Oh wait, you only get one shot. Unless of course you miss.

814 days ago
32.

Amber    

So, so sad. I pray for his Children & Family to find peace and understanding eventually.

814 days ago
33.

Bitchmaster    

Divorced. I wonder how much he had to pay her to keep her happy? Than can be a factor when it comes to depression.

814 days ago
34.

CountryGal    

Suicide is so selfish. There are three fatherless kids because of his actions. So stupid!!!

814 days ago
35.

Deelight    

wow...Praying for his family at this time of pain....R.I.P Jr..=(

814 days ago
36.

brian    

As a UCLA alum, Junior Seau is the only former USC player I ever rooted for. Class and good sportsmanship personified.

814 days ago
37.

Carol    

Sarcastic and idiotic comments don't belong here. All it does is prove your low level of intelligence. A good man was distraught enough to end his life and nothing sarcastic, witty or unkind needs to be posted. Have a heart or just keep silent!

814 days ago
38.

Gary Fowler    

R.I.P you will be remember and in my prayers.

814 days ago
39.

derp    

Damn, head rattling around in helmet for 20+ years has to do some permanent damage.

814 days ago
40.

T    

So sorry to hear this. I was neighbors with his folks growing up, and grad from the same HS in Oside. He used to the campus to hang out with the kids at El Camino HS. a hero to us.

814 days ago
41.

Jack    

Only way to prevent this is for the NFL to become the National Flag-Football League. It all comes down to money at the expense of lives.

814 days ago
42.

Stone Island    

How many concussions did Seau suffer during his career? I love the NFL, but not at this cost.

814 days ago
43.

Nancy Irwin    

Absolutely tragic!!! So sad. He will be missed.

814 days ago
44.

dskowulf    

Tmz always first smh sad why do we have the news for anyway

814 days ago
45.

Alex    

RIP Jr. As a football fan and Raider Fan, you gave us hell up the middle....... May God keep you and your family...... # 55 forever.

814 days ago
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