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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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46.

really    

WHAT A BALL'A!!! R.I.P. JUNIOR.....

903 days ago
47.

The Truth    

Carol, your comments are well said.


The Truth Hurts

903 days ago
48.

Rufus Greenjeans    

A first ballot Hall of Famer, to be sure and a class act. He will be missed.

903 days ago
49.

Daniel    

ALL RIGHT THEN USO, REST IN GOD!!!!!!!!

903 days ago
50.

Stone Island    

He shot himself in the chest so he could have his brain donated to study concussion syndrome. How dark must your life be to be that cold and calculating about destroying yourself? My prayers are with Seau, may God have mercy on his soul. The NFL has a lot to answer for.

903 days ago
51.

Ziva     

RIP Junior Seau-this photo is from May 2011 when I met him at his restaurant. He was very kind to me, and all of us there. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150195673095951&set=a.38354630950.59970.522720950&type=3&theater

903 days ago
52.

Slug    

Why on earth would you be broadcasting images of his grieving family through the window of the home?! Seriously bad form, TMZ.

903 days ago
53.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

So shocking. RIP, Junior, SD will always love you.

903 days ago
54.

srsly    

Jesus freaking stalker lens there, classy. The artifacts on that are astounding - you really think it's ok to invade privacy THAT BAD? You had to zoom that **** up from a speck at full rez. Peace out I'm done with you TMZ.

903 days ago
55.

CutTheCrap    

I live here in Oceanside and there is alot of action going on down on THE STRAND which is where that brick house is...He was a legend and a major philanthropist here in town...it's sad i feel bad for his kids

903 days ago
56.

KNunez    

I live in Carlsbad, and will see if I can go to his place. Does anybody have an address or section of town he lives in?

903 days ago
57.

KNunez    

Does anybody know what area of Oceanside he lives? I'm in Carlsbad and can take some better pictures and video that are currently up.

903 days ago
58.

Tiffany    

Another selfish man taking his own life. Leaving behind kids on top of that. Maybe he didn't think about how this would affect his family. Dissapointing... Don't like when stuff like this happens so close to home

903 days ago
59.

Jr    

Just real sad. Goes to show you sometimes you might have all the fame, money but it doesnt bring you happiness. If it's indeed a suicide, it goes to show you all things mentioned above doesnt matter. My prayers go out to his family.

903 days ago
60.

Tiffany    

Selfish...

903 days ago
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