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. Bob

    "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.

    Nope. My boss didn't go for that.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hannah

    JUnior was not only a brilliant ahtlete but a caring and wonderful person. A pleasure to watch, did the right thing on and off the field. I only hope that the "story" of some 25 year old does not taint his image in anway. If she was afraid of him why was she at his house to find his body? And if she had anything to do with him taking his life shame on her and may she live to regret it.

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

    I don't folllow football but to hear of someone at 43 taking their own life is very sad. He must had been under alot of emotional pain that even stardom couldn't cure. I guess there are many people like that we don't get to know about.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gabby

      so sad. my heart goes out to his mother, and his family. such a sad story. what a wondeful man lost

      May 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rb

    just another barometric reading on the high price these men pay. today's athlete is glorified...paid way beyond their worth..risen above all others by the media and commercial sponsors. these guys are merely plain folk doing what they love to do, only to be exploited and pushed to be something other than human. I'm sorry for his family...and that's it. NFL – Network TV...the fanatical fan ... shame on you all.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Drew

    What is WITH you people who are calling him a coward! Suicide is committed by individuals who are no longer thinking rationally, more often than not due to Depression, Anxiety, and/or drug/alcohol abuse. For one to even contenplate really committing such an act, it's the last gasp at seeking help. Shame on him?????? Shame on any of you who condemn him......I feel soooo sorry for him as well as all his family members...

    May 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • rb

      We have no idea if he was thinking 'rationally'. Look at Dave Duerson..the last thing he did was in his mind 'rational'. Suicide, although shunned by society, seems to be a viable way out for those who have lived unrealistically – they choose to die unnaturally.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N

      Suicide is selfish, and if it was a suicide dont pity him. Pity the people close to him that he hurt by taking his own life. There are solutions to problems, no matter how large. We will have to wait and see what happens next before all the facts come out. Lets just hope it wasnt a suicide.

      May 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      You can think rationally and still commit suicide. You simply choose not to do it anymore. But any rich person who does it, i fell good not bad. He made a ton playing a game most play for free. Oh boo hoo. And for those mad at his gf, grow up. Her was a big boy

      May 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Thank you for yoir comment...as a sister of a brother who commited suicide you hit the nail on the head. They don't see any other way out and aren't thinking of tomorrow, or dont want tomorrow to come. Again Thank You!!!

      May 3, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    What people who have never dealt with suicide of a loved one always seem to miss is this: the simple fact that he commited suicide in and of itself tells you that there were some VERY serious mental health issuesgoing on...Because the very nature of any living thing is self preservation....So if you cause your own death something is not working right in your brain.....Healthy happy people do not just get up and kill themselves.

    The reason really does not matter.... The fact is he is dead and a family is destroyed unlike any other death the trauma from this is inescapable. IT HELPS no one to call him a coward......You know nothing about this! His family is truly going thru the worst nightmare ...RIGHT NOW!

    May 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. (Butch) Ronald Dennis Long

    Junior Seau was a tremendous athlete. Seems as though he could play forever.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    At its peak in the sixties boxing was the major sport. The heavyweight champ was revered at the same as the President. But the violence of the boxing became its demise. The same thing is going to happen to football as we know it. The sport
    cannot sustain the hitting and the violence.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • twirtzy

      Off topic, but it was huge mistakes on the business side of boxing the led to it's decline, not the violence. If what you say is true, then explain the rise of MMA fighting.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Karen H

    How very sad. My heart goes out to the family and friends. There is always a better way than suicide.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Geo

    When you looked up linebacker in the dictionary his picture was there. If you played against him you better know which two people were going to block him. My heart goes out to the family for their loss. He will be missed.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. So Sad

    Americas finest city is Today, Americas Saddest City. Thanks for the great moments Junior.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

    If its true that he took his own life, someone close to him, family or not should have picked up any signals that would indicate that he had problems, depression, anxiety, drugs, etc.etc. We never know peoples hurts until its too late, there is sadness for many today especially family and close friends, football and sports fans as well. i believe each and everyone is responsible to extend a helping hand no matter who they are. Mental illness and depression attacks the best of us. God bless Mr. Seau, may he rest in peace.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr Dalloway

    Men are most likely to shoot themselves in the head. This particular case has something to do with the heart, i.e.broken heart, feeling shameful, jealously etc.

    May 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Defiance12

      He took a career of shots to the head, concussions etc. he wants his brain to be studied.a brave act

      May 3, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Calder

    O Bountiful Banyan
    Your kind is rare
    Ciao for now Seau
    By Jove I declare

    With lightning speed
    Across oceans you leapt
    Honor for your nation
    A promise you kept

    In concord by the Bay
    An epic lifespan unfurled
    Now high noon with legacy intact
    Comes the shot heard round the world

    May 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rainy

    So sad.
    What a spirit to want to kill himself and still be thinking of others while shooting himself in the chest.
    I know they'll study his brain, but we should be reflecting on his heart.

    May 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
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