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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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Nunya    

RIP - so sad

815 days ago
2.

mamajj    

RIP Junior. Thanks for all you brought to the world of football.

815 days ago
3.

Shawn    

Wow. Stunned to say the least. Hell of a football player.

815 days ago
4.

Delaware D    

NOOOO! RIP, bro.

815 days ago
5.

Michael C, Teniente    

This is shocking news.I'm a big USC fan and so a Seau fan, too.

RIP my brother! You were an excellent ball player.

Prayers going out to his family and friends.

mike t.

815 days ago
6.

Truth    

DRUG DEAL GONE BAD OR HE KILLED HIMSELF. WHAT HAPPENS TO A LOT OF SPORTS PLAYERS WHEN THEIR CAREERS ARE OVER... THAT'S WHY YALL NEED SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON WHEN THE GOLD AND THE GOLD DIGGING CHICS HAVE LEFT. #TRUTH!!

815 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

815 days ago
8.

Michelle    

Oh, my God. He was my age. I really hope his children are protected from the paps (sorry TMZ but kids need protection) May he rest in peace.

815 days ago
9.

Jack    

Bring on the concussion stories.

815 days ago
10.

John Camacho     

We lost one of the ALL TIME GREATEST! FIGHT ON in heaven Seau!

815 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Damn. Seems like a suicide. Sad

815 days ago
12.

EMP BITE ME    

Sad day,guess the REPO men where after him,RIP

815 days ago
13.

Tim    

Another legend bites the dust

815 days ago
14.

parlayer    

with hair like that!! no wonder.

815 days ago
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Jodi    

Not being a sports fan I have never heard of him before but my condolences go out to his family.

815 days ago
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