Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau is believed to have committed suicide on Wednesday, but it was in a method in which isn't typical. Seau died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, and some presume that was so that his brain could be used for scientific study, similar to former NFL player Dave Duerson, who left a note stating he wanted his brain used for study.
According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, some researchers are trying to obtain Seau's brain for research.
Dedicated researchers in Boston studying deceased players' brains for evidence of trauma attempting to obtain Junior Seau's. Hope they do.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 3, 2012
As of right now Seau's death is being investigated as a suicide, but a note has yet to be found nor were Seau's intentions for how he ended his life known. The connection between the two players deaths is one that can be easily made, but it's clear that Seau struggled with his time away from football, as many players seem to do. Researchers have been trying to study former NFL players brains to try to determine a link between concussions and cases of dementia and depression later in life.