OCEANSIDE, CA — Police told the media that Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, was found dead at his home in Southern California on Wednesday, May 2, from a gunshot wound to the chest in an apparent suicide. The former NFL star was 43.
Oceanside police chief Frank McCoy told reporters in a press conference that authorities had received a 911 call at at 9:45 a.m. PST from a young woman who said she was Seau’s girlfriend, and that she had found Seau unconscious in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest. McCoy said a handgun was found near Seau’s body but no suicide note was found at the scene. .
Seau played most of his 20-season career with the Chargers but also spent time with the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. He was inducted last year into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame. Seau was a ten-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
“Everyone at the San Diego Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now,” the team said in a statement released on its Facebook page. “We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family.”
Seau leaves behind a wife and three children.