Former NFL star Junior Seau found dead in home
Police in Oceanside, Calif. investigating possible suicide
- Duration 7:39
- Date May 2, 2012
Police in Oceanside, Calif. investigating possible suicide
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I'm sports has confirmed police have found the former NFL star juniors say Al.
Did inside his California home police report he shot and killed himself one bullet to the chest.
Junior say -- was 43 years old had three children.
The twelve time Pro Bowl linebacker he played for the San Diego Chargers the Miami Dolphins in the New England Patriots.
We have live pictures from outside his home in Oceanside north of San Diego was will be bringing you shortly remember back in 2010 -- I was involved in a car crash.
We can win his SUV was -- tossed off a beachside cliff and yesterday were led to believe.
He sent notes to his three children and his ex wife.
And today we're told he shot and killed himself Trace Gallagher in Los Angeles now Trace what details that we have.
We know the call came and out shortly before 10 o'clock this morning West Coast time ship apparently -- made inside the house -- junior sales body.
And again was shot and killed these give -- one time.
In the chest police the Oceanside police you -- -- that live picture outside the house right now are being told sometime.
In the next twenty or thirty minutes the police will hold a news conference.
To talk about juniors say out -- his wife and three kids apparently arriving at the scene shortly along with friends and other relatives on the police -- they wanna notified them before they actually go public with this but -- chaplain with the chargers told the San Diego Tribune.
A little while earlier that in fact he was one of the first people who was called and told.
That -- say out had shot and killed himself you mention that car accident he was then.
-- 2010 and October -- when he drove his escalade off that cliff and Oceanside the police report said the Junior Seau fell asleep.
He was arrested prior to that.
For alleged domestic violence on a girlfriend we all know there's a scene from 2010.
We all know the junior was very very involved in San Diego foundations played with the charges for fourteen years two years with the dolphins two years with the patriots played in two Super Bowls.
One with the chargers -- with the patriots and lost both of those games Junior Seau has a very popular restaurant.
And mission valley and San Diego called say how's it is now closed.
That the house -- you might imagine has been taped off the investigators are arriving on scene right now.
As you said reports that junior sales sent text messages to his ex wife and his three children yesterday telling them that he loved them this is the scene right now from.
The ABC affiliate.
KG TV down there have an aerial view of his house which is in Oceanside that's -- he was born.
And raised he went to Oceanside high school before University of Southern California and on to the chargers in the first round of the 1990 draft but this is a huge.
A huge shock to the people in San Diego because he was as big a local icon.
And San Diego -- as you will find and Junior Seau was heavily involved to yesterday.
In various organizations with kids boys and girls clubs all kinds of charities Junior Seau will be missed.
In the city of San Diego auction to trade it for viewers who don't know traces a long time lifelong chargers fan and I don't know I don't know what charger fan who doesn't just didn't his worst of Africa.
Everybody did I mean you know Junior Seau was known as the Tasmanian devil -- the he led the league in tackles he was a twelve time Pro Bowl with the chargers made it as an alternate his first year his rookie year.
Back in 1991.
I -- junior sale -- pit in my San Diego and even when he went and played with the dolphins.
He came back when the San Diego fires were so bad Junior Seau came back to play a game Arizona and he came back the next -- and spent the next four -- five days helping families.
Clean up their belongings and go through their houses.
He retired with the San Diego Chargers and enjoying the New England Patriots four days later he went -- to -- two seasons with the patriots of course he was on that team that went sixteen and well.
And -- to the giants in the Super Bowl but junior sales restaurant even when he was with.
The dolphins and with the patriots you would go in after a charger game on Sunday afternoon and junior say -- restaurant would be jam.
Packed and junior would commute back and forth when he was with the dolphins and patriots he'd come back for a couple of days to see.
His ex wife and his kids he was very very enmeshed in the city of San Diego.
That restaurant as I said as a tribute today is close but it will reopen and it will be successful because the people in San Diego.
Have a long time love affair with what junior did for the San Diego Chargers.
And what he did for the city of San Diego the boys.
And the girls and all the youth events his golf tournament raised millions and millions of dollars over the year.
For at risk children so he is instrumental as you see the live pictures there.
Outside his home on the strand of Oceanside and and you know you talk about heritage Jeb Junior Seau was one of the -- -- Samoan football players and now it's become gamer girl in there is a long line.
A football players who have followed juniors footsteps but he was one of the first that kind of blaze that -- Of these young athletes that became so instrumental to the National Football League to this very day Asia.
Inducted into San Diego Chargers hall of fame and November of 2011.
Part of alumni day ceremonies at the time in front of a crowd of nearly seven 1000.
Fellow charges hall of fame -- Introduced him at the time and who knew how much charitable work this man had done.
I didn't realize he did in the start speaking English and toll was seven years old you mentioned -- Samoan.
-- was involved with Samoan day activities in the community were called sister city with San Diego County.
He also had a clothing line at one point he had a television show in December of 09 -- -- it premiered on.
On -- network which is now the NBC sports network but it was -- at the time it was called sports jobs would you say I was -- mention.
It -- would follow say I was -- jobs and that makes sports work ten episodes aired in the first season it finished in point in January of 2010.
That he has a couple of nephews who were playing football now at Kansas State.
Both were both playing at K state.
And again he was retired and working mighty hard for that community what an enormous loss it just goes to show you.
He's such an amazing post football career so many people get out of football and really don't have any know what to do.
You know sometimes -- get bad advice sometimes.
For whatever reason but he had a restaurant a clothing line at one time -- television show.
Extremely active in the community one of the most popular people in all of San Diego really a local hero specialty especially to the Samoan community.
And certainly San Diego Chargers fans across the nation and especially.
In Southern California and throughout the -- -- well.
Must must really be and shop today because junior sales seem to have -- all.
He had three children.
And as I mention we were told that he sent them notes yesterday of some kind I don't know if electronic or some other way.
But he had the kids let's see I have their names here Sydney.
His daughter Sydney and two sons Jake who was born in October of 95.
And hunter who was just born.
In on September 11 of the year 2000.
-- so three children left behind an ex wife all of whom he is said to have contacted yesterday junior say -- Did today of a self inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 43.