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Junior Seau Fans

'Paddle Out' to Honor Him

5/6/2012 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Junior Seau
was honored today when more than 1,000 people "paddled out" in the ocean to pay their respects to the NFL legend.

The water-based memorial took place in Oceanside, CA this afternoon -- directly in front of his beachfront home -- and allowed friends, neighbors and locals to mourn the superstar together. Surfers were heard chanting his name and jersey number as they gathered in the ocean.

Seau was known to be an avid surfer.

Seau died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. He was 43.

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Irish2Ice    

Seau WAS a great man and nice all around guy. He WAS a lot of things, but now that he took the easy way out, committed suicide, he is NOT a martyr. How do you honor someone that thinks so damn little of his family and friends?

795 days ago
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boatrgirl    

Very nice tribute. I would like to think it was an accident. He tripped, gone went off.

795 days ago
3.

viktor    

Was Max one of the 1,000 paddlers?
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795 days ago
4.

JLo on Steroids    

May god rest your soul Junior, May your mother and girlfriend as well as your friends and family find the strength to get through each day.
RIP man

795 days ago
5.

BeSerious    

Irish2Ice, you cannot judge a man until you have walked in his shoes. Just saying.

795 days ago
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Carl    

I would not want to be out on a surfboard in that dense a cluster of people. Way too dangerous even if you are an expert surfer.

795 days ago
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Carl    

How about smashing your head against a wall a few hundred times then see if your brain is functioning as it should. If your brain is screwed up you do things that no normal or rational person would do.

795 days ago
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JJ    

SAD AS IT GETS.................RIP

795 days ago
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Vernon P. Alarcon    

AWESOME remembrance. Remember to love the ones you love as if today were their last day alive!

795 days ago
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Throwback kid    

TMZ needs to remove some of the clutter from the site and stop telling us when a D list celeb gets a parking ticket. Comments are way down because people are leaving TMZ for other sites. I think TMZ may be like Myspace in 2 years, just a relic

795 days ago
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static    

There are people out there dealing with real disease and afflictions fighting their ass off to live so you'll forgive me if I can't muster up any sympathy for for a guy who chooses to take his own life.

795 days ago
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YouDontSay    

i love the way the hawaiians honor people.

795 days ago
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Bridget    

I get what IRISH and Maynerd are saying. It is obviously a very sad situtuation. And I understand the man was in pain and some people just can't take it anymore. But the friends and family do have to be considered in this.


Now I'm not trying to be judgemental towards the man. But if he was taking others feelings into consideration at all, he would have ATLEAST made sure that someone that loves him didn't find him.


My brother committed suicide and his KIDS found him. Finding the body just adds on to what the people left behind are going to have to deal with. INFACT, at my bro's funeral one of his kids was so upset about finding the body she couldn't even mourn, she was too ANGRY, and she let it be known by saying pretty much what IRISH did when it was her chance to speak.


Ofcource people feel terrible for the guy. But a little anger is allowed too in a situation like this.


Anyway, it looked like a beautiful tribute. RIP

795 days ago
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Deelight    

R,I.P. 55...you will be forever missed!!

795 days ago
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EarthAngel    

Was a deeply touching and joyous "celebration" of all that was good about Junior.....we are so grateful. The day was perfect.... bright & gorgeous.....with the brightest moon of the year still in the sky.....and so much love from everyone. Hoping he can feel the truth of his Life now.....

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