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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NFL Star, Junior Seau Found Dead - Suicide Suspected



Junior Seau (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Former NFL star Junior Seau, 43, was found dead at his home Wednesday, authorities said.
Police Lt. Karen Laser confirmed the death, and another law enforcement officer said "this case is being investigated as a suicide and a handgun was found by the body."
Police responded to a report of a shooting at 10 a.m. at Seau's home on the coast north of San Diego.
"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now," the San Diego Chargers said in a statement. "We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family.”
Seau is the eighth member of the 1994 Chargers team, which reached Super Bowl XXIX, to die before reaching the age of 45.
"I can't put into words how I'm feeling right now," Chargers President Dean Spanos said in a statement. "I'm shocked and devastated. Junior was my friend. We all lost a friend today. Junior was an icon in our community. He transcended the game. He wasn't just a football player, he was so much more. He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL. This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior's family. It's heartbreaking."
"I have no words to describe the passing of Junior Seau," Chargers head coach Norv Turner said in a statement. "It is a sad, sad day not only for me, but for the whole sports community. I worked with Junior here and later in Miami. I can tell you no one had more character and true leadership ability than Junior. He brought passion to the game of football that was unmatched. His commitment to charitable causes in the community was inspiring. It was an honor to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood told the North County Times he learned of Seau's death from police chief Frank McCoy. The Times and TMZ reported that Seau, 43, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound by a housekeeper with a gunshot wound to his chest.


"He was a local hero — he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation," Wood told the North County Times. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
In October 2010, Seau survived a 100-foot plunge down a seaside cliff in his SUV, hours after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the Oceanside home he shared with his girlfriend. The woman had told authorities that Seau assaulted her during an argument.
There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in the crash and Seau told authorities he fell asleep while driving. He sustained minor injuries.
Seau spent parts of 20 seasons in the NFL, including 1990-2002 with his hometown Chargers. He led them to their only Super Bowl appearance, was voted to a team-record 12 straight Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro six times.
He amassed 545 tackles, 56 1/2 sacks and 18 interceptions in his career.
''Twenty years, to be part of this kind of fraternity, to be able to go out and play the game that you love, and all the lessons and the friends and acquaintances which you meet along the way, you can't be in a better arena,'' Seau said last August after the Chargers announced he would be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Seau was with the Chargers from 1990, when he was the fifth pick overall in the draft out of Southern California, until being traded to the Miami Dolphins after the 2002 season. He came out of retirement a few times to play with the Patriots in search of a Super Bowl ring and was with the team when they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, which ended New England's quest for a perfect season. FoxNews

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