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Junior Seau, Famed N.F.L. Linebacker, Dies at 43; Suicide Is Suspected 

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-Former longtime NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead of a gunshot wound today at his Oceanside, Calif., home. He was 43.

At a press conference outside Seau's home, Oceanside Police Chief Frank
McCoy said a woman who identified herself as Seau's girlfriend called
911 at 9:45 a.m. PT and told the dispatcher that she had found Seau
unconscious in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest. McCoy said a
handgun was found near Seau's body, and authorities are investigating
the former NFL player's death as a suicide.

San Diego Chargers Chaplain Shawn Mitchell told that Seau
died of a "self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest this morning."

Seau's mother broke down in tears at the press conference, saying "Take me, take me, leave my son, but it's too late."

The Chargers released a statement to ABC News' San Diego affiliate
saying, "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."

ESPN: Junior Seau's Life and Career

Seau drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., in 2010, hours after
being released from jail following a domestic violence arrest regarding
his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend. Seau told police he drove off the
cliff because he fell asleep behind the wheel, and police saw no
evidence alcohol or drugs were involved, though some suspected Seau
intended to commit suicide.

Seau played in the NFL for 20 years for teams including the Chargers,
Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He leaves behind three children
and an ex-wife, Gina Deboer.

Multiple former NFL players have committed suicide in recent years
possibly as a result of brain injuries, including former Chicago Bears
safety Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest, ex-Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Terry Long, and Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Andre Waters.

-ABC News

RIP to one of the best the NFL has seen.

Added: May-2-2012 Occurred On: May-2-2012
By: FundtheMental1
Regional News
Tags: Pro Football, NFL, Junior Seau, Breaking News, Suicide, Death
Location: Oceanside, California, United States (load item map)
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