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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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61.

Christopher    

Also laughing at Christie's horrible cell phone. You using a Motorola Startac or something?

871 days ago
62.

Christopher    

Laughing my ass off with Christie's constant "I can't hear you guys" interruptions while homeboy tries to speak.

871 days ago
63.

puhleez    

Very unfortunate. Suicide is a permanent solution to a permanent problem.

871 days ago
64.

Keith    

With todays technology why can't TMZ provide a live video feed outside the house?

871 days ago
65.

Flying Blind    

who? never heard of him ........... RIP

871 days ago
66.

CountryGal    

I already see liberals posting on here about how this is the NFL's fault. Haha! Are you kidding me? What about when a doctor commits suicide? Is it the hospitals fault? Typical libtards trying to find someone else to find fault with and sue.

871 days ago
67.

Keith    

TMZ cant even provide half decent audio

871 days ago
68.

cass    

Mark my words

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871 days ago
69.

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Why the frack would you record the mother crying? This woman who is at the property is a sick bitch.

This is a time of great despair for this family and you, bitch, and TMZ decide to invade this privacy? Let them grieve in this time of loss.

What a sick group of fracking people - stand back bitch and let them have their privacy. You can describe from afar but don't invade them bitch.

871 days ago
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t.l.robb    

what a bummer.its a shame,he seemed so personable on that 'sports job' show he was hosting a while back

871 days ago
71.

Whit    

Absolutley despicable, TMZ. Why would you "pause so you can hear her crying"?!? That is disgusting and you all should be ashamed.

871 days ago
72.

KNunez    

I can go down and get a webcam going with my laptop. I have one of the cell phone internet cards so I can use the internet pretty much everywhere. Where by the Strand?

871 days ago
73.

Carl    

Wow, so sad. I didn't realize he was so young. I thought he was around 50.

If this is connected to head injuries from football then hopefully it will do more to get the policies and practices of players and coaches to change. While change is happening it is slow. Having a Hall of Fame level player that hasn't been out of football for too long die from this will hopefully wake people up.

871 days ago
74.

Alien1kg    

I knew ten min ago through my feed stream, thanks for posting !, luv y'all :)

871 days ago
75.

John    

Harvey shut the f up.. We understand your having issues but stop acting like some 2bit youtube news show.. No one wants to hear you ask her 20 times if she hears you.. she is a big girl and doing a good job and just text your questions to her

871 days ago
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