Former star NFL linebacker Junior Seau has died after a shooting at his San Diego-area home, according TMZ.
TMZ’s Harvey Levin said via Twitter that law enforcement officials say the 43-year-old Seau committed suicide.
UPDATE 2:30 PM: The North County Times in Oceanside, California is also reporting that Seau committed suicide.
In October 2010, Seau drove his car off a cliff and despite the rumours at the time, he denied it was a suicide attempt.
Seau’s 20-year NFL career included 12 straight Pro Bowl appearances with the San Diego Chargers before finishing his career with the New England Patriots in chase of that elusive Super Bowl ring. As a Patriot, Seau was a member of the 2007 perfect, 16-0 regular season team that lost the Super Bowl in a huge upset to the New York Giants.
“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 Chargers are also flying their team flag at half staff (via North County Times staff writer Scott Bair):
As a sad side-note, Seau is now the eighth member of the Chargers’ 1994 Super Bowl team to die at a young age. The Chargers lost that game to the San Francisco 49ers.
Seau is survived by his three children and ex-wife.
UPDATE 3:30 PM:
Oceanside police spoke very briefly at a press conference in front of Seau’s home, saying “life-resuscitating maneuvers” were unsuccessfully tried at the scene. The officer added that they are investigating a suicide.
As for who first found Seau lying on the ground with a gun shot wound to the chest, police say it was his girlfriend, not a housekeeper as had been previously reported.
The official also described the investigation as a “very fluid situation.”
UPDATE 5 PM: Police say they have yet to find a suicide note, according to Greg Bishop of the New York Times.
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