NFL Veteran Junior Seau Dead At 43
Junior Seau, who went to the Pro Bowl twelve times over a 20 year career in in which he played with the Chargers, Dolphins, and Patriots, was found dead in his home earlier today of an apparent suicide:
Former longtime NFL linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide today at his Oceanside, Calif., home.
San Diego Chargers Chaplain Shawn Mitchell told ABCNews.com that Seau died of a “self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest this morning.” Seau was 43.
The Chargers released a statement to ABC News’ San Diego affiliate: “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 drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., in 2010, hours after being released from jail following a domestic violence arrest regarding his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend. Seau told police he drove off the cliff because he fell asleep behind the wheel, and police saw no evidence alcohol or drugs were involved, though some suspected Seau intended to commit suicide.
Seau played in the NFL for 20 years for teams including the Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He leaves behind three children and an ex-wife, Gina Deboer.
Seau has mostly been out of the press since retiring but one gets the impression that he hasn’t had the best transition to a post-NFL life. This is a sad way to end it though.