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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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91.

Cathy    

Huge loss for San Diego; Seau did so much for the community. He was dearly loved, and will be incredibly missed.

715 days ago
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Ontargetgirl     

My husband and I have been season ticket holders for years and saw Seau play many great games. This is so sad to hear. I pray for the peace that passes all understanding for his family.

715 days ago
93.

3 lug dug    

they need some kind of treatment for former players like they do for military veterans for post dramatic disorder, had a purpose on the field , up and above others on the field, hard to handle being normal... R.I.P big guy, thanks for the many years of jaw dropping entertainment.

715 days ago
94.

Flying Blind    

neither sports channel is covering this, Gingrich is retiring on all the news channels. so he wasn't that hugh.

715 days ago
95.

sarahcusack    

I love TMZ as much as the next...i'm not going to go off on a rant because this is the society we live in...but when something like this happens can we please refrain from taking pictures inside the home of the deceased to see how they are dealing??? they are sad...it sucks...leave them alone!!

715 days ago
96.

Donna    

I Cant believe it! Junior Seau was my all time favorite player ! My prayers go out to his children. God Bless you Junior and thanks for all your charity work and for what you accomplished in the football world. One of the best defensive players and all time leader in sacks!!

715 days ago
97.

Gretel    

That's a shame really. The even bigger shame than him taking his own life is all those cameras trained on the anguish of people who loved him. That's vulture ugly.

715 days ago
98.

Rodney    

Selfish dude. Cant be anything else. Star Athlete, Coddle Professional. Then when things get rough he checks out and doesn't care what **** storm he would cause his family. Called his mom before he died all crazy? Selfish.

Suicide is the ultimate selfish act. The Magnanimous "donate my brain to science" doesn't wash that out.

715 days ago
99.

andre`    

That's so sad.. Im so sorry.. Just put a dampen on my day..

715 days ago
100.

hardcore_flower    

Wife issue..

715 days ago
101.

sara    

I casually knew Junior when he was a freshman at USC & I was a grad student. He was so respectful, kind and nice, as well as a standout athelete. Always a smile on his face. Hope he is remembered for those attributes as well as his outstanding professional accomplishments

715 days ago
102.

Cannabinol kid    

Bummer, condolences to Jr.s family. Where is Harvey ? getting his ******* bleached or shopping for undersized polo shirts ?
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715 days ago
103.

JohnnyBoy    

As a Raider Fan...my condolences to the Seau family and Chargers Nation. Junior was one of the best on the field and did a lot for San Diego off the field.

715 days ago
104.

boatrgirl    

I feel so sad for the family. What a heartbreaking day.

715 days ago
105.

francisco     

Sad Sad day! Anybody that lives in San Diego can tell you what he meant to the community. Always out there helping others! During the summer you could see him hanging out in his patio at the beach in Oceanside. We did not just lose one of all time NFL greats but one hell of a person! We have our demons I guess

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