On Wednesday Junior Seau’s girlfriend returned home to find his lifeless body on the bed of their home in Oceanside, California. A call was made at 9:35 am to police.
Police said Seau was found in a bedroom unconscious, with a gunshot wound to his chest. A hand gun was found nearby but no apparent suicide note had been left behind. He died at the age of 43.
Seau’s mother Luisa was at church when she was told of her son’s death. ”I pray to God, ‘Take me, take me, leave my son.’ She said she was not aware of any issues troubling her son when she had spoken to him earlier in the week “He’s joking to me, he called me homegirl.” She was distraught and in tears outside his home as police walked in and out of Seau’s beachside home conducting their investigation.
His sister has asked for privacy for their family.
Seau was a twenty year NFL veteran and was considered by many as one of the best linebackers in the world.
Seau, an All-American at USC and 12-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, played 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and three seasons with the Dolphins. He left the game briefly but then signed and played with the New England Patriots before calling it quits for good in 2010.
The Patriots released a statement on Seau’s death:
Patriots statement on the death of Junior Seau: “We were shocked to hear of the initial reports regarding Junior Seau earlier today and are deeply saddened by the news of his death. We were fortunate to have had Junior join the Patriots in 2006 and are thankful for his many contributions to the team over the next four years. He had a legendary NFL career and his unrivaled passion for the game quickly made him a fan favorite here in New England. This is a sad day for the entire Patriots organization, our coaches and his many Patriots teammates. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends who will mourn this loss.”
The Chargers also released 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.”
More than 100 people gathered outside of Seau’s home, only hours after he was found dead. Families showed up with flowers and fans wearing Chargers jerseys waited to get more news.