LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2012 – Former NFL star Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, California home Wednesday.
Police are currently investigating the home of the 12-time NFL Pro-Bowl linebacker. According to multiple reports, Seau committed suicide, and was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.
“He was a local hero — he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation,” Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood told The North County Times. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
“What made him tick was the emotional side of it. He played with a controlled fury, was an awesome thing to watch, him playing linebacker,” Seau’s former San Diego Chargers teammate, Billy Ray Smith, told KGTV in San Diego. “The Seau Foundation … all the great things he did for kids.
The San Diego Chargers released a statement on Seau’s death:
“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.”
After playing at USC, Junior Seau was drafted fifth overall by the Chargers in 1990. He played for the San Diego from 1990 to 2002. Seau played linebacker for 20 years in the NFL, earning 12 Pro Bowl nods while being named first-team all-pro six times
Seau joined the Miami Dolphins for three years in 2003 before spending his final four seasons with the New England Patriots.
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