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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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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! Depression the silent killer!

841 days ago
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Chica_frezza    

SO SAD - MY DEEP CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO MR. SEAU'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS - R.I.P. SIR

841 days ago
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Phreaky    

It will be decided by whoever pays his family the most $$ - the NFL will probably win, so no brain research. It will hurt their upcoming lawsuit to have more evidence and a ton more players joined the lawsuit today.

841 days ago
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AngelDust    

Wondering if he left a suicide note to his family... Wondering what was going through his mind... How can someone just shoot themselves? Either way this is a very tragic situation. My thoughts are with Mr. Seau's family. - R.I.P. JUNIOR - R.I.P.

841 days ago
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writenow    

San Diego media and police fairly tripped over themselves in 2010 when Junior uh, "fell asleep" at the wheel and drove his car over a cliff after he was let out for his DV arrest. Nothing came of it.

Including a reality check.

Because he was a hero. An unwilingness for those who could have and should have looked at reality is what killed him.

841 days ago
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EarthAngel    

Was doing a beach workout with a friend yesterday morning......not far from his house. So very, very sad and will miss him greatly. I wish with all my heart he could have reached out more. Pride can take us down faster and further than we are willing to admit. God Bless his family. So sorry for this huge void you are facing......;(

841 days ago
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Eric     

This is just a terrible situation. I think Seau is one of the players that couldn't live without football. He played it his whole life and once it's all over some players don't know how to live.

841 days ago
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AngelDust    

HOPE THEY FIND A CURE FOR THIS SO THAT FAMILY'S DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER..... R.I.P. SIR

841 days ago
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haskel420    

ESPN is very ignorantly using the caption "Found Shot To Death"

841 days ago
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Deen    

Just because he never said anything about being depressed or concussions, doesn't mean he wasn't concerned. Lots of people keep their thoughts and feelings very private.

841 days ago
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Gretel    

That is so sad. I think a lot of the comments are really sad too and lack any compassion and/or understanding. Most suicides aren't a selfish act at all. Mental illness or depression is so very seductive and it takes everything good away from you. He didn't do this to spite someone, he did it because that was the only way out of Lord knows what hell his mind was in at the time. RIP. Sad, sad end

841 days ago
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b    

Big tough guy turns out to be selfish wimp. 3 kids come on. For anyone thinking of taking the "easy" way out. Think about your family. Go directly to the ER or any Dr. ASAP. You don't just kill yourself. It is the ***** way out.

841 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Wonder how many boxers committed suicide due to concussions?

841 days ago
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Erick    

I hope they donate his brain.. Much research needs to be done.

841 days ago
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SSinOC    

You don' t kill yourself unless you're depressed. If he's depressed he was probably on Meds and that's what does it. The news will try to blame it on concussions etc. instead of big pharma/antidepressants.

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