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Rocketta
May 2nd, 2012, 07:51 PM
Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead Wednesday morning at his Southern California home. He was 43 years old.
The ex-linebacker's girlfriend found the NFL legend with a fatal shotgun wound to the chest. The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/may/02/report-of-shooting-at-seaus-home/) reports that police received a call to 911 at 9:35 a.m. reporting a possible suicide, per Oceanside police Chief Frank McCoy. Officers found Seau in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Reports indicate that a gun was found by Seau's side.


The report, first put out by TMZ, was first confirmed by the North County Times (http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/exclusive-football-great-junior-seau-dead-in-suicide-source-says/article_bccb943a-ba7e-56f3-8756-13d9c81a8258.html):
Pro football great and Oceanside sports legend Junior Seau has apparently committed suicide, found by a housekeeper with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to multiple sources.
Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said he learned of the death from police Chief Frank McCoy.
Police responded to Seau's home on The Strand on Wednesday after receiving a call about a reported suicide. The San Diego County medical examiner's office said an investigator was sent to the scene.
The San Diego Chargers issued a statement at approximately noon PT:
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.
If Seau committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, it is similar to the way former Chicago Bears great Dave Duerson ended his life. Duerson shot himself in the chest on February 17 (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/sports/football/03duerson.html), 2011 -- the method used so that his brain could be examined for symptoms of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a trauma-induced disease common to NFL players and others who have received repeated blows to the head.


Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler and 6-time First-Team All-Pro, was selected fifth overall in the 1990 NFL draft after an outstanding collegiate career at USC. He played with the San Diego Chargers through the 2002 season, spent 2003-2005 with the Miami Dolphins, and then signed with the New England Patriots in time for the 2006 season. In New England's perfect regular season of 2007, he played in all 16 games and started four. Seau first retires after that season, only to come back and play in 2008 and 2009 before finally leaving the NFL for good.


"I'm going to go surf," he told Showtime upon his January, 2010 retirement announcement. Whatever happens, I can honestly say, that that probably was my last game."


Seau is the eighth member of the Chargers 1994 Super Bowl team to pass. We will keep you updated on this story as more news is confirmed.

Rocketta
May 2nd, 2012, 07:56 PM
RIP, Junior. :sad:






























I'm sorry but clearly something is wrong and these guys are ingesting substances that are creating circumstances that are causing early untimely deaths... the NFL really needs to do something because for a lot of these guys it's their only ticket to making a decent living and they will do anything to make it to the big time despite the consequences. Honestly, though for a 18/20 year old the age of 40 seems such a far away reality and it seems like it is soooo old, it's only until you hit your mid 30's do you realize that 40 is not old at old and you wish you had 40+ more years to live but it's too late. :help:

Sammo
May 2nd, 2012, 07:57 PM
Why the hell is everyone dying??

Rocketta
May 2nd, 2012, 08:06 PM
I'm sorry but clearly something is wrong and these guys are ingesting substances that are creating circumstances that are causing early untimely deaths... the NFL really needs to do something because for a lot of these guys it's their only ticket to making a decent living and they will do anything to make it to the big time despite the consequences. Honestly, though for a 18/20 year old the age of 40 seems such a far away reality and it seems like it is soooo old, it's only until you hit your mid 30's do you realize that 40 is not old at old and you wish you had 40+ more years to live but it's too late. :help:

btw, I know he killed himself but he's only been retired but a minute and to suffer such dire depression or whatever was going on.... in only two years of retirement??? It's scary. :scared:

Ntosake
May 2nd, 2012, 08:37 PM
Just found this out a few minutes ago, thanks Rocketta.

This is too sad for words.

My condolences to his family and friends.:sad:

Dawn Marie
May 2nd, 2012, 09:00 PM
RIP.
He was a great player!! On a sidenote. Today at work we all found out that a co workre was found dead in his home. He didnt show up for work in 2 days which isnt like him so they called the apartment manager and thats when the job found out! He was a great worker and person. This is a sad day. Junior Seau was one of my favorite NFL players! Damn!!

njnetswill
May 2nd, 2012, 09:14 PM
"Seau is the eighth member of the Chargers 1994 Super Bowl team to pass."

:eek:

Infiniti2001
May 2nd, 2012, 09:40 PM
RIP :sad: Oh God, his mom just had me wailing

http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/junior-seaus-mom-cries-over-death-of-son-16263776

*JR*
May 2nd, 2012, 09:58 PM
OMG, no words are adequate. :sad: And hard as Junior hit, I never remember a play where it looked like he was trying to injure an opponent.

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RenaSlam.
May 2nd, 2012, 11:57 PM
So many professional athletes dying abruptly - or so it seems these days.

wta_zuperfann
May 3rd, 2012, 02:56 AM
So very sad. And his mom's wailing is shocking.

I just cannot understand why these athletes (almost all of them male) die so young.

Super Dave
May 3rd, 2012, 01:08 PM
Seems it was the degenerative brain injury from the repeated blows that led to this. He had driven his car off a cliff a few years ago. My heart aches for his family and friends, especially his mother, who brought me to tears. I am his same age :sad: