San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau, 43, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest Wednesday morning at his home in Oceanside, CA., according to ESPN.
Authorities believe that Seau committed suicide.
Police Chief Frank McCoy said that Seau's girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest. While live-saving efforts were attempted, they were of no avail.
McCoy also said that a gun was found near Seau, but they did not know who it was registered to.
Additionally, police said that there was no suicide note found. Yet, they are investigating his death as a suicide as of now.
Seau was a local kid who grew up in Oceanside, located in North San Diego County, and eventually became a star linebacker for the Chargers. He will be remembered not only for his talents on the field but also for the enthusiasm that hey played the game with.
Seau also spent the latter part of his career with the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots.
"It's a sad thing. It's hard to understand," said Bobby Beathard, who as Chargers general manager picked Seau out of USC with the fifth pick in the 1990 NFL draft.
"He was really just a great guy. If you drew up a player you'd love to have the opportunity to draft and have on the team and as a teammate, Junior and Rodney (Harrison), they'd be the kind of guys you'd like to have," added Beathard.
Seau's mother wept hysterically as she spoke to reporters outside her son's house.
"I don't understand ... I'm shocked," Luisa Seau cried out.
She also said that she had no way of imagining something like this could happen to her beloved son.
"He's joking to me, he called me a 'homegirl,' " she added, referring to the last time she talked to him.
"I just can't imagine this, because I've never seen Junior in a down frame of mind," Beathard said. "He was always so upbeat and he would keep people up. He practiced the way he played. He made practice fun. He was a coach's dream. He was an amazing guy as well as a player and a person. This is hard to believe."
Seau's death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest. Duerson's suicide was suspected to be linked to a neurodegenerative disease resultant from multiple concussions.
The similarities makes me wonder whether Seau was affected by the same type of concussion like symptoms that went undetected and ultimately led to his death.
It is too early to tell, but an autopsy will help to answer these questions surrounding the death of a great San Diego ambassador that occurred much too soon.
What do you think?
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