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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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341 COMMENTS

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106.

Jonah    

"Emotional death scene"---well hell yeah, it's gonna be emotional!
"Family members are crying hysterically."---who writes this crap?! Of course they'll be crying hysterically, especially if he committed suicide.

883 days ago
107.

David Louis    

RIP TO A LEGEND

883 days ago
108.

BC    

the guy had kids. How selfish an act is suicide!

883 days ago
109.

jeff    

LOSER, maybe a great football player but died a loser for doing this to his kids and family, should never be in HoF now, look at those ppl in the pic, he did that to them. have no respect now for him but i will pray for his family

883 days ago
110.

joyce ogo    

my condolences to your family

883 days ago
111.

Scottinsd    

TMZ - you people SUCK. "Family members are crying hysterically"??? Really?? What an asinine thing to say...you people are vultures, just like ambulance chasing lawyers. Shame on all of you.

883 days ago
112.

????????    

He probably killed hiself because he was depressed because nothing was going on. R.I.P Junior Seau and I used to play NFL Street 2 and I used the Dolphins Just because of him and Ricky Williams

883 days ago
113.

linda    

Just wanted to send my prayer out to his family and friends. Can everyone please give family and friend there space.

883 days ago
114.

nkybcat    

Who says roids dont have a long term effect?

883 days ago
115.

Linda    

Our prayers are with your family and friends. As a person and Miami fan my heart goes out to you.

883 days ago
116.

Harold    

Great player who I loved to watch play, and this is indeed sad. But what a selfish, no-account move to kill yourself when you have three young kids at home.

883 days ago
117.

micheal foss     

awwwww noooo R.I.P SOO SAD WHYYY AWWW !:(

883 days ago
118.

angel    

I cant believe Junior is gone!!! I live in San Diego and was lucky enough to meet him several times. He loved his fans and always took the time to come talk to us, sign autographs and take pictures without hesitating. He even came to check on us at his restaurant to make sure we were satisfied!! He was a down to earth person and very friendly. R.I.P Junior..My condolences to his family

883 days ago
119.

jane doe    

Tacky to post pics of the family. It's a pretty low move.

883 days ago
120.

TorenForbes    

Junior? safe travels....

883 days ago
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