Junior Seau, the former NFL star and father of two, was found dead in what seemed to be a suicide. While it is a horribly tragic way to go, I also think it’s extremely selfish. I just don’t understand how he could leave behind his two children and a family who loved him. Check out the latest details on the story here…
Junior Seau, an intimidating force on the football field who was also known for his extensive charity work, has been found dead in his home. The former defensive player, whose career spanned 20 years, died of an apparent suicide in Oceanside, California. He was 43. Police said that Seau shot himself in the chest. His death was first reported by TMZ.com.
Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy says Seau’s girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest Wednesday. McCoy says lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.
Dozens of people were seen gathering outside Seau’s home as news of his death spread. Families showed up with flowers and fans wearing Chargers jerseys waited to hear more news. At one point, his anguished mother Luisa Seau came outside to speak to reporters and fans.
With tears streaming down her face, she cried:
‘Take me, not my son – but it is too late… I don’t understand … I’m shocked.’
Why Seau decided to take his own life is a mystery to those who new him best – especially his mother, who said that he gave her no indication of a problem when she spoke to him by phone earlier this week. She said:
‘He’s joking to me, he called me “a homegirl.”‘
He leaves behind three children that he had with ex-wife Gina Deboer, whom he divorced in 2002. His ex-wife told U-T San Diego that he had texted her and each of their three children ‘I love you’ on Tuesday night.
Tiaina Baul ‘Junior’ Seau was born on January 19, 1969 in American Samoa. After his family moved to Oceanside, California, Seau excelled in both football and track and field at Oceanside High School. Seau was a standout linebacker with the University of Southern California before he was drafted by the hometown San Diego Chargers, whom he led to the Super Bowl following the 1994 season. Seau was drafted by the San Diego chargers in the first round in 1990.
After 20 seasons playing on the Chargers, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, he retired from the NFL in 2010.
Months after his retirement, the ex-linebacker was arrested on suspicion of abusing his live-in girlfriend at their home in Oceanside in San Diego County. Hours later, after being released from custody, the 41-year-old drove his car over the beach-side cliff in Carlsbad, California. Officials said Seau’s injuries from the car crash were not life-threatening. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in the crash and Seau told authorities he fell asleep while driving.
Seau was beloved in San Diego, where he created a foundation and had a popular restaurant that bore his name. He started the Junior Seau Foundation in 1992, which is dedicated to raising money for education and awareness campaigns for young people.
Seau is the eighth death among members of the 1994 AFC champion Chargers, which lost the Super Bowl that year to the San Francisco 49ers. His death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest.
Read more: MailOnline