Former NFL player Junior Seau has died in a shooting at his home, according to reports by TMZ, 10News, the San Diego Union-Tribune and various media outlets.
Harvey Levin of TMZ initially tweeted that police were are at the home of the 12-time Pro Bowl player, who starred with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots during 20 seasons in the NFL.
According to 10News.com, a witness reported hearing a gunshot at Seau's home in the Oceanside, California on Wednesday morning. That report could not immediately be confirmed by the news outlet, who described the situation at Seau's home as including a "large presence" of police.
Shortly after Levin's tweet, TMZ Sports cited a law enforcement source saying that Seau had died. TMZ was initially unable to confirm this report but they soon obtained a confirmation.
Law enforcement sources confirmed to TMZ that Seau was found dead in his home and that they are "investigating a possible shooting."
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that a 911 call was made at approximately 10 a.m. local time that indicated a "possible suicide."
UPDATE 2:26 p.m. EST: TMZ reports that police on the scene believe that Seau shot himself.
UPDATE: 2:32 p.m. EST: 10News is reporting that a witness on the scene overheard police saying that Seau has committed suicide.
UPDATE: 2:39 p.m. EST: The Union-Tribune also reports Seau has died in a shooting, an apparent suicide.
UPDATE: 2:48 p.m. EST: NBCSanDiego reports that a police source has confirmed that Seau's death was a suicide.
UPDATE: 2:56 p.m. EST: Per USA Today, the mayor of Oceanside issued a statement.
"He was a local hero -- he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation," said Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
According to a tweet from 10News, pastor and author Miles McPherson is en route to be with Seau's family.
UPDATE 3:10 p.m. EST: The San Diego Chargers have released a statement on the passing of Seau.
"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."
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Seau’s ex-wife, Gina, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he texted her and their three children on Tuesday, writing “I love you.”
During an episode of PTI on Wednesday afternoon, Mike Wilbon connected Seau's apparent suicide to the suicide of former Bears player Dave Duerson:
My second thought -- and I'm sorry if some people think this is a leap but this is my second thought -- it goes to Dave Duerson taking his own life. Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bear, who suspected he was suffering from the head trauma that leads to CTE and that was later shown through examination of his body after his death to actually have happened. Junior Seau, Tony, you have to be suspicious that he thought the same thing. Junior Seau [has] been involved in a lot of things, from "Man Of The Year" in the NFL in the 1990s, early 1990s, to some very bizarre, uncharacteristic behavior later in his life that led him and others to think, "What is going on here."
|@ AdamSchefter : It doesn't mean he didn't have any, but the late, great Junior Seau never was listed on an NFL Injury report as having a concussion.|
|@ nctimes : Oceanside police claims there was no suicide note found at Junior Seau's home.|
Seau is the 8th member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers to meet an untimely demise, joining former teammates David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Doug Miller, Curtis Whitley, Chris Mims, Shawn Lee and Lew Bush. In December 2011, Deadspin covered the tragic fates of so many players who helped the Chargers reach the Super Bowl.
|@ AdamSchefter : Poice are investigating Junior Seau's death as a suicide.|
|@ AdamSchefter : Police have confirmed Junior Seau committed suicide.|
Per ABC News, Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy has made a statement regarding the death of former NFL Player Junior Seau.
McCoy indicated that a woman who identified herself as Seau's girlfriend placed a call to 911 at 9:45 a.m. PT. The caller informed the dispatcher that she found Seau in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to his chest. McCoy indicated that handgun had been recovered near Seau's body
The Associated Press has reported that Seau's girlfriend discovered his body with a gunshot wound to the chest.
If this gunshot wound is proven to be self-inflicted as is suspected, Seau's decision to shoot himself in the chest while committing suicide will be reminiscent of the death of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson 2011.
Duerson's fatal wound enabled scientists to study his brain to determine the damage that his NFL career had caused.
Junior Seau's mother spoke to the media outside of his home, per NESN. NESN noted that some of her statement contradicted the reports of a suicide, reportedly asking why someone would take her son.
Per the blog RumorFix, Seau's mother told the press, “I’m shocked … I appreciate everybody — show your love to my son! Thank you, I appreciate you guys show your love to my son. I don’t understand who would do this to my son. I pray to God — ‘Take me not my son,’ but it’s too late.”
|@ ochocinco : 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|
According to the L.A. Times, Seau was found dead at his home by his girlfriend.