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. Casselli

    R.I.P. Junior. My thoughts are with his sweet mama.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bryant @ SC

    Sad day for NFL fans. Unfortunately Seau couldn't live without football. RIP

    May 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. colazo1948

    My heart and prayers go to his family during these difficult times and hope that he found the peace that he was looking for.
    God Bless You.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. David Trembley

    The average life of an NFL player is 52 years.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Klaas Jan

    Here we go, more concussion blaming. End of football as we know it

    May 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jez

      Wow Jerk. Is that all you can think of to say?

      May 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BC

    TrueBoob...look me up under my real name Tiaina Baul Seau Jr....you can find me in the city morgue....let me know when you are coming...will hold a spot for ya bud!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jack from Tennessee

    RIP... dam shame!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jess79

    Very sad. He was a beloved member to the San Diego community. Prayers out to his family. RIP #55.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Penny Nickels

    If he had shot himself in the foot, he may still be alive right now.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Nick

    I see the trolls are already here. That didn't take long. Anyway, I hope he finds peace in death that it seems he never found in life. My condolences to his family and friends.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Me

    Very sad..RIP

    May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. SteveO

    RIP Seau! You were an awesome player to watch growing up!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Too bad

    I do wonder what role Steroids or concussions played in this....not that many people notice in the mainstream, but professional wrestlers have short shelf lives too. They are known for taking Steroids, but they also would take many concussion inducing bumps in their careers. If Steroids can possibly be linked to this, people should start teaching kids about those dangers instead of just glorifying the positive effects. Concussions are unfortunately part of the game they signed up for.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. boltcountry

    He has been having emotional issues these past few years. Unknown causes but he had been more violent in general. We used to say he was highly charged as a matter of personality. Who knows what head trauma had to do with this. He was beloved here.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Danial

    BC

    good riddance....too weak to stay strong.....glad this pos is off my earth

    Not sure who this guy BC is, but your post was uncalled for and very mean. You should be ashamed of your self and for your actions. What kind of a person are you? Some people blow me away, with the lack of love and care they have for there fellow man. RIP Junior!

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

      sorry i apologize...guess i'll go shoot myself in the chest now.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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