SEATTLE - DECEMBER 07: (FILE PHOTO) Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots jogs on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. According to reports Seau drove his SUV off a cliff October 18 2010 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and released. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
According to several sources, police were called to the Oceanside home of former-Chargers-and-Patriots-linebacker Junior Seau around 10:00AM this morning. Police were dispatched when a 911 call was made reporting a possible suicide at Seau's residence. It was later reported that the coroner's office was dispatched as well.
A housekeeper Seau's girlfriend found him dead in his home, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Oceanside's mayor and Police Chief have both confirmed the reports of his death. He was 43 and is survived by his ex-wife and 3 children.
Seau's family has said he exhibited no signs of depression recently, and even sent text messages to his ex-wife and each of his 3 children with "love you" yesterday; they all responded and suspected nothing was wrong.
If you'll recall, back in October 2010, Seau drove his Cadillac Escalade off a Carlsbad cliff following an arrest for domestic violence. Many speculated then that Seau was attempting to commit suicide, even though he came out of the crash with only cuts and bruises.
Junior Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowler, and 6-time All-Pro. He played 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers before being traded to the Miami Dolphins, where he spent 3 years and announced his retirement. He then un-retired to play 3 more seasons with the New England Patriots.
This marks the 8th member of the 1994 Chargers Super Bowl team to pass.
The San Diego Chargers have released the following statement:
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.
This is a developing story. We'll updated it as we get more information.
UPDATE: North County Times is reporting that it was a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. This seems eerily similar to Dave Duerson's suicide, where he asked that his brain be studied and was found to have a brain disease(probably caused by repeated concussions during his NFL career).