Junior Seau's apparent suicide leaves San Diego Chargers "in shock"
Junior Seau had a stellar career with the San Diego Chargers. He was found dead Wednesday at age 43.
May 2nd, 2012
03:43 PM ET

Junior Seau's apparent suicide leaves San Diego Chargers "in shock"

[Updated at 3:43 p.m. ET] Talking to reporters outside Seau's home, a distraught Luisa Mauga Seau, the ex-player's mother, repeatedly thanked those who had shown love to her son.

"I pray to God, take me! Leave my son! But it's too late," she said in tears as those nearby tried to console her.

[Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET] The Oceanside, California, police chief says Junior Seau's death is being investigated as a suicide.

Authorities received a call from a woman who said she was his girlfriend. She said she found the former Pro Bowler unconscious with a gunshot wound to his chest Wednesday morning, Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy said in a news conference.

Police officers and firefighters went to the house and found him in one of the bedrooms. They tried to revive him, to no avail, McCoy said, adding that a handgun was found near Seau's body.

[Posted at 3:18 p.m. ET] The San Diego Chargers issued a statement on their website regarding "the passing" of their former Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who reportedly killed himself in his Oceanside, California, home Wednesday.

"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," the statement said.

After TMZ and other media outlets reported a police presence at his home early Wednesday, the Chargers tweeted that they had no information on the matter. Minutes later, they announced that a conference call with Coach Norv Turner had been canceled before issuing the statement on Seau's passing.

"The outpouring of emotion is no surprise," the team tweeted shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL, 13 of which came with the Chargers. He played his last seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.

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  1. SSG Rock

    JR was one of my favorite ball players: I am willing to bet that he had PCS due to multiple concussions that caused his irrational desire to kill himself. It is likely that even though he knew this, he was powerless against it. hence he shot himself in the chest, not the head, so they can study his brain to help prevent this for future athletes. He's not the 1st football player to wind up this way due to several concussions. I'm glad my son got out of football after his 3rd concussion. RIP Jr.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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  3. James Hostelka

    R.I.P Junior Seau .

    May 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jwas1914

    Though it’s true that he will be missed by his loved ones; but it will not be forever. Man has always been fascinated about life after death. Where do we go; when life for us as we know it, ceases to exist? According to the Holy Scriptures it assures us that though death can be tragic, there will come a time when it will be reversed. It also assures us that those that have died are at rest until resurrection day. How do we know this? Take note: “For the living are conscious that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them have been forgotten. Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore to time indefinite in anything that has to be done under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6) This proves that when we die we are at rest and have no knowledge of our past existence. When will that knowledge be remembered? “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.” (John 5:28, 29) Just trying to shed a little light of hope; my sincere condolences to the family Junior Seau.

    May 5, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
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