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. wow

    epic fail

    May 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mylastnerve

      your parents also

      May 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. authoricus

    RIP Junior. I loved you when you played for the Patriots.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    The dude was awesome!!! One of the best players ever at MLB position. RIP Jr.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kathy Collins

    Such a shock, RIP Junior Seau. So sad!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sad

    Wow...that's very sad. Just goes to show you never know what is going on in a persons heart or mind. My prayers go out to his family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. S. G.

      One of my all time favorite players. I am so sorry to read this, but my prayers and thoughts go out to Junior and his family. God bless.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sharky

    RIP

    May 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    Sad stuff. I wonder if the autopsy will show brain damage from football. We're seeing more and more erratic behavior from former players. This is an issue that needs more research in general. Like I said, sad stuff...

    May 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mk82LALD

      Just as likely from long term steroid-type abuse. It seems like every week another high-profile former pro athlete is dying at an early age. Very sad.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phoebe Whaley

    My prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tuma

    RIP. I wonder if it was too many blows to the head. Seems to be messing up players more and more.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dog

    Why top story?

    CNN = Slow News of the day....

    May 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mylastnerve

      20 years, pro bowl veteran = top story. idiot.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PatsFan

    RIP Junior,
    Thank you for your time spent in New England. Thoughts and prayers out to the Seau family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lauren

    RIP Junior Seau. You will be missed.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    I wonder if this is another case regarding CTE?? What a shame. Way too young.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah

      The gunshot wound to the chest is one indicator that he may have thought he had a problem with it. He wouldn't be the first player to do that to preserve their brain for research.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Punky

    I am so sorry for his family to have to go through this. I just wish he would have at least talk to someone before he did this. This is not a good way to go out. But my prayers are still with him and his family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BinaryTruth

    Apparently this was a suicide – and he specifically shot himself in the chest so that they could study the effects of concussions on his brain.

    Very sad. Nobody should have to suffer like that. Especially at barely middle age!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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