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Junior Seau

Death Ruled Suicide

5/3/2012 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Junior Seau
's death has been ruled a suicide -- this according to the San Diego County medical examiner's office.

According to the medical examiner, Seau -- who was found unconscious at his Oceanside, CA home yesterday -- died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

The medical examiner's office says Seau's family has yet to decide whether to turn the NFL legend's brain over to outside researchers for study.

There are reports a Boston University research center has already requested to examine Junior's brain -- to see if there's a link between his suicide and concussion-related injuries he sustained during his NFL career.

As we reported, former NFL player Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest last year, requesting his brain be donated to research. Months after Duerson's death, researchers at BU confirmed he suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions.

But as we first reported, Seau's family doesn't believe he shot himself in the chest to preserve his brain -- because he never complained about concussion-related medical problems and didn't appear to be suffering from depression.

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58 COMMENTS

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pamela carson    

depression is a really serious thing.people with comments like ''being a selfish act''or''cowards''need to really read up on mental disabilities of all kinds!!!!

712 days ago
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mathew    

@Maynerd. You obviously have never been through any metal traumab because if you did you would soon realize the only selfish person in the situation is YOU! people like u walk around feeling sorry for urselves that you lost a friend LOL how about the guy that was so sad he couldnt stand to live another day and due to your ignorance nothing was done about it. and you have the nerve to call him selfish, you people are a joke. http://www.kindredcone.com

711 days ago
33.

Suzie    

I still don't believe it was a suicide. Shotgun to the chest??? How the Eff does one go about that maneuver? I think they need to investigate quite a bit more.

711 days ago
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sharontom    

Why is is that Junior dies May 2nd and they still have not come back with the toxicology reports yet when Mary Kennedy died a few weeks later and hers are back? Thanks for any info..

648 days ago
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