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. sdnativegirl

    Wow, I'm stunned. He has been such a big contributor to San Diego. We will all miss him as a member of our community. I hope his family is surrounded by caring hearts at this time.

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

    Very sad... My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roland

    I met him at Seau's Restaurant in San Diego years ago. My heart goes out to his family. A permanent solution to a temporary problem.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. donz0

    When the spotlight is turned off, life can become very dark indeed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Junior's family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reality Check

    So 30 minutes ago.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    I interned for the Chargers in the 1992 pre-season, Tiaina (Junior) Seau was one of the most down to earth athlete's I've ever met. He displayed the most effort of any of the Chargers during practice. He always played the game right way. The NFL lost a great person.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. w2lucky

    This guy was so loved. Wow! Prayers to the Seau family.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nonyabidnes2

    What a sad day for the organization and all of those who watched Je Seau play football. He'll be missed. RIP

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. r

    Very sad. One of the best ever in both skill and integrity.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    Great player and a great human being. Very unfortunate.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rockfish

    He is the 8th player from the Chargers 94 SuperBowl team to die, something's not right.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rolyat

    Extremely sad news. I hope he is at peace. A huge talent.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charvel

    One helluva a football player!! And was a great role model for kids.
    I always liked watching him play against my Chiefs. He was impressive!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jan

    So sad – loved watching him play. RIP

    May 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Deborah Mohler

    This is so very, very sad!! My heart and prayers go out to all his family and friends. As for your news coverage of his death, I must say that it is a terrible thing that you find it more important to carry Gingrich's speech over the life of Junior Seau!! You even rudely interrupted the person that you were interviewing about Junior in order to switch over to Newt's speech!!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      I AGREE 100% Low class move, CNN!!!

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

      I always liked Junior Seau. But, in the grand scheme of things, someone being interviewed about what they thought about a late football player whose unexpected death had already been announced is *not* more "newsworthy" than Gingrich's live speech.

      You're simply expecting the news world to revolve around *your* interests...and it just doesn't work that way.

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