Junior Seau Dead of Apparent Suicide

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Former NFL great Junior Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside, Calif., today. Police say the likely cause of death was suicide. He was 43 years old.

Law enforcement sources reportedly believe Seau, a USC and pro football standout for 20 seasons, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. 

Few other details were immediately available. TV footage showed police swarming his home in North San Diego County and people comforting each other.

He leaves behind four kids and an ex-wife. He reportedly sent text messages to his ex-wife and children yesterday saying simply, "Love you."

Junior Seau Picture

They all responded and didn't suspect anything was wrong, according to TMZ reports, and Seau is said to have last seen his kids three weeks ago.

Sources close to Seau say his family didn't notice any signs of depression in recent weeks, but more details will surely follow in the coming days.

Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy just spoke outside Seau's house, claiming Seau's body was initially discovered by the athlete's girlfriend.

A 911 call was placed around 10 a.m. today. Police responded and found Junior's unconscious body inside a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest.

McCoy says investigators recovered a handgun in the bedroom, believed to be the weapon, and the case is currently being investigated as a suicide.

Seau was involved in a car accident a few years ago when he drove off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., hours after he was arrested for attacking his girlfriend.

Seau later said he was not trying to kill himself ... insisting he had fallen asleep at the wheel. That was 2010, his final season as a professional.

The San Diego Chargers, who employed Junior for most of his career, said in a 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."

Seau's explosive play at linebacker with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots will likely send him to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

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Dear Junior I Love you and Jesus loves you Brother
your friend Nancey R I P
My heart and prayers are with your little ones
and Gina.
God Bless you my friend, Goodbye for now.

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How so very very sad

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fiercest linebacker ive ever seen play the game i remember seeing him out at singing hills playing golf iwas to shy to go over and talk to him my heart goes out to the family but he is larger than life and his wonderfull legacy will live far beyond the pro football hall of fame

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Horrible news. Very exciting player to watch for many years, condolences to the Seau family & his friends.. Junior Seau Found Dead Photos and Cause of Death Revealed here http://is.gd/Pm14uJ

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Im curious to know what drove him over the edge. (not literally), but he seems like a good guy. Hes probably in a better place now. And yes, my personal belief is that God does forgive those who take their own lives. Its really, really sad that his 4 kids dont have him now. He cant take that back.

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just it so yo man see hot man or

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rip Junior such a shame :(

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My prayers go out to his family. I also pray for his o and hope that his suffering is now over.

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RIP buddy...so shocked and saddened by this...prayers to his family.

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