Junior Seau dead from apparent suicide in his Oceanside home
Junior Seau, a former USC and San Diego Charger star linebacker, is being reported dead by multiple news outlets.
Oceanside police arrived at the 12-time Pro Bowler's home early Wednesday, says the U-T San Diego, responding to 911 call about a possible suicide.
Seau, 43, who was divorced, leaves behind three children.
"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 Chargers said in a statement that was posted on their website.
In 2010, a mere nine hours after he was arrested for suspicion of domestic abuse upon his 25-year-old girlfriend, Seau fell asleep at the wheel and drove his Cadillac Escalade off a seaside cliff in Carlsbad. He was hospitalized with minor injuries and police did not find any evidence of drugs or alcohol in his system. Seau was never charged for either incident.
On the field Seau was one of the best linebackers in the game. The Chargers drafted the handsome 6-foot-3-inch San Diego native in the first round of the 1990 draft and he played 13 seasons with the team. In 2003 he was picked up by the Miami Dolphins. In 2006 he was a backup on the New England Patriots, starting just four games for the team whose only loss that season was in the Super Bowl. In all, Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL.
New England Patriot Chad Ochocinco, among others, took to Twitter in wake of the tragic news. "My prayers and condolences to the family of one of the NFL's greatest linebackers to ever play the game.. Junior Seau.. R.I.P," the wide reciever tweeted.
USC star Reggie Bush also expressed his shock at the news. "Damn this one hurts San Diego! One of the greatest to to come from the city," Bush wrote.
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