FOXBORO MA - OCTOBER 18: (FILE PHOTO) Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots stands on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans on October 18 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. According to reports Seau drove his SUV off a cliff October 18 2010 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and released. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, Calif., home Wednesday according to a report from TMZ.com. Police are investigating a possible shooting.
Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in his California home on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, including TMZ.com. He was found by his housekeeper with a gunshot wound to the chest, the result of an apparent suicide, reports the North County Times.
Details are scant at this point, but police are investigating a shooting that took place at his Oceanside home. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a 911 call was placed to dispatchers around around 10 a.m. PT reporting a possible suicide.
If the reports are true, the 43-year-old Seau leaves behind three kids and an ex-wife. Seau played 20 years at linebacker in the NFL, 13 of which were spent with the San Diego Chargers. He retired following the 2009-10 season as a member of the New England Patriots with 1,524 career tackles. Before the Chargers drafted him fifth overall in 1990, he was a two-time unanimous All-American selection at USC.
Seau was also involved in a bizarre incident in 2010 when he drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad after being arrested on domestic abuse charges. The linebacker denied rumors that he was attempting suicide, and insisted that he fell asleep at the wheel.