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. George

    A shocking loss for the fans of the NFL, as well as the Chargers. His family is in our thoughts and I hope they know how much he meant to us all. Rest well, man. You were one of the greats.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ronjayaz

    Let's hope the family allows his brain to be analyzed to help future pro-football players abt the great risk they run by playing the game.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • snipdog88

      Yes. Good point. This is extremely sad. Too young; too soon. Makes you wonder about head impacts and the potential side affects of enhancement supplements......

      May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyler

      That's exactly what I was thinking. He was probably depressed and I'm sure a study of his brain could help others.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Texas

    Nice of CNN to interrupt this for Newt's farewell speech.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AWorkingAmerican

      Yeah, it kind of is.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    My thoughts are with his family but NOT him...the coward. Great job there, Junior, leaving your family behind to pick up the pieces of their now shattered lives due to your selfish act.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TRH

      Roger, Although I often see things the way you're suggesting, there is growing evidence that long term brain trauma recieved by football players can lead to numerous mental health issues not limited to depression and suicidal thoughts. Let's cut some slack for by all accounts a really great football player until we know all the facts.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tk007e

      You don't have False News channel at home?

      May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      Great job there Roger, blaming his suicide on selfishness instead of mental instability without knowing the facts.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • taint

      Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Roger: Another not very bright, nay; a moron who knows nothing about mental illness. Your comment says volumes regarding your intelligence. Lets hope you never suffer debilitating depression and if you do, be sure and get back to us on cowardice.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mane

      How do you know it was intentional? Go get some sleep bro

      May 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Many if not all people who commit or attempt suicide have psychological problems, thus causing them to act in this manner. That makes them ill, not cowards. A good example of a coward would be someone who voices their opinion about a person only after they are dead.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.B.

      You should really educate yourself on the effects of traumatic brain injury, your reply indicates how uneducated you are when it comes to the subject.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • romanash

      While suicide is a selfish act, it is also an act of extreme desperation. People commit such acts because they feel that they have absolutely no other options – real or imagined, rich or not, famous or not. A bit of compassion is in order.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • IB

      You are an Idiot Roger. The guy (Seau) is battling depression which is also an illness affecting thousands of people in this country. No reason to beat the dead horse just offer your condolences or shut up and go hang yourself. Ass-Hole!

      May 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freakey toney

    shocked. rip

    May 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. cdgfla

    You think that Junior say owww when he pulled the trigger? Too soon?

    May 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Donald in CA

    Sad, sad, sad. I go back to USC with junior. Rest in peace.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. MARIA

    Seriouly! Junior Seau is still a human being have some respect for the man. Regardless of what brought this on His mother lost her son.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dennis

    WOW !! Jr. was also loved as a PATRIOT ! what a great guy RIP Jr.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. aertzc

    The people talking about brain damage strike me as pretty uninformed about football. Middle Linebacker is one of the least head injury-prone positions in the game.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • drny

      Least prone doesn't mean it doesn't happen...

      May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mschro19

      is that serious? is this bill romanowski writing this?

      May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      You said it yourself. It's one of the least affected positions, not a position that was totally free of any head injuries. You strike me as someone pretty uninformed about head injuries.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jguy

      they are men who never told anyone about the head problems DUH!

      May 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdotconnelly

      The man still played pro football for 20 years! Sure they do not have massive head trauma on the field they are still hitting their head pretty frequently.When the average length of an NFL career is only about 4 years, and JR played for 5 times that. His body and brain were taking a large amount of damage that were not outwardly visible.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mz Brown

    This is so sad. Junior was a great Charger anda great person. The community in San Diego loved him so much. Rest in peace Junior, God bless your family through this time of sorrow.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Pete

    I have no sympathy for this inconsiderate coward. Instead of fighting, he now leaves children who will be scarred because of his selfish action. THE AUTUMN WIND IS A RAIDUH!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • taint

      Pete: Just another idiot.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Sayin'

      Typical Raider fan. Hey IDIOT, why not just say nothing at all, you will seem a whole lot more intelligent.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephie O

    Wow. How sad. My son used to love watching J. Seau play football. That is a huge loss for the family and for the Chargers.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. dot8

    A great football player in his time that leaves behind great memories.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Hangar13

    Can't we take a break from jumping to unsubstantiated conclusions and mourn the passing of a fine athlete? Very sad day for football.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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