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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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121.

Bob    

R.I.P. Junior Seau

Harve you guys need to get your sht together your making your self look bad lot of fumbles for TMZ so sad

814 days ago
122.

Justine    

Please tell your reporter on the scene not to try and promote TMZ on this sad day by saying you had the first cameras on the scene, then laughing. I can tell Harvey is upset

814 days ago
123.

Shawn    

RIP Junior. He was a great player. Suicide is always tough on the family and not worth it. My condolences to the family. Apparently he wanted to do the same as Dave Duerson and donate his brain to research for the concussions he sustained during his career.

814 days ago
124.

youaresick    

you people at TMZ are sick as **** you seem awfully excited to break this event and your pleasure in describing people pain is just evil

814 days ago
125.

t    

i can almost guarantee this relates to concussions. up here in canada they have been profiling all the medical research behind head injuries in hockey and subsequently boxing and other high contact sports.

814 days ago
126.

oh really     

Isnt this sad..Feel so bad for his family

814 days ago
127.

sharon turner    

SO Sorry to hear of this...
R.I.Paradise Junior. Thanks for all you brought to the world of football.My Prayers go out to the family....

814 days ago
128.

Dolan    

What in the ****

814 days ago
129.

elvoz    

May all newscasters who say, "It is us who broke the story..." while discussing something that the audience cares deeply about -- die on the spot so their colleagues can break the story of their death

814 days ago
130.

John Medero    

Wow Cant believe he passed away. A great football player who will be missed. R. I. P.

814 days ago
131.

Freeman    

1. People who kill themselves don't go to heaven. It a selfish act.
2. People who have ran into Jr. say he is a........
3. He was a amazing football player and I have to give him that.
4. I pray and feel for his children and family because they are the ones who are the suffering because of his act.

814 days ago
132.

dan    

what a douche

814 days ago
133.

SCOTT    

Rest in peace. A woman no doubt at the center of his misery.

814 days ago
134.

Deb    

Such a sad, sad moment. San Diego legend will be missed and so sad that anyone would feel that death is the answer. Selfish act - now the kids are left to deal with all the pain.

814 days ago
135.

John Anderson    

Wow, I could not be more sad! Greatest LB in Charger history

814 days ago
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