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Junior Seau found dead, suicide is suspected

3:26 PM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
Junior Seau before the start of the 2010 AFC Wild Card playoff game.
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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Former NFL star linebacker Junior Seau has been found dead at his home in Oceanside, California.

The Chargers confirmed the reports Wednesday.

"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now," the team's statement read. "We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family."

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Seau died of an apparent self- inflicted gunshot wound at his beachfront home. He was 43 years old.

The paper said police were called to the home Wednesday morning in response to a possible suicide.

Seau spent 13 seasons with the Chargers, helping the franchise to its only Super Bowl appearance after the 1994 season. He also played three seasons for Miami and four more for New England before retiring after the 2009 campaign.

In October 2010, Seau was hospitalized after driving his car off a cliff in Carlsbad, California just hours after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in the wake of an incident with his live-in girlfriend. He was never charged.

Photo Gallery: Junior Seau drives SUV off cliff

Speculation had surfaced at the time that Seau was trying to kill himself, but he said he fell asleep at the wheel.

Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection during his 20-year pro career. He was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame this past November.

He is the eighth member of San Diego's Super Bowl team to pass away, joining linebackers Lew Bush, Dave Griggs and Doug Miller, running back Rodney Culver, defensive linemen Shawn Lee and Chris Mims and center Curtis Whitley.

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