Former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau has died today in his California home, according to various news outlets. Seau reportedly died from a gunshot wound.
According to multiple reports, Seau apparently committed suicide. The website TMZ.com reported that the outlet learned that Seau texted his kids and his ex wife a day earlier to tell them he loved them.
The North County Times reports, that Seau was found by his housekeeper around 9:30 am (PST).
"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 paper. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
Seau, 43, was selected in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft (5th overall) by the San Diego Chargers. He spent 13 seasons in San Diego (1990-2002) before joining the Miami Dolphins for three seasons (2003-05). Seau spent his final four years (2006-09) in the NFL as a member of the New England Patriots.
The San Diego Chargers have released a statement about Seau via Twitter (@chargers)
"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. The outpouring of emotion is no surprise. #JuniorSeau"
Seau leaves behind an ex-wife and 4 children.
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