NFL star Junior Seau dead at 43

Future Football Hall of Fame Junior Seau shot himself in the chest with the environment - moments after the final call from his mother.

Seau, whose behavior has grown erratic in recent years, and also sent a text message to his ex-wife and three children on Tuesday evening said simply: "I love you."

"Monday, Tuesday, my husband and I went to visit him," his mother, Luisa Seau, he said. "He was out of town. He spoke to me. He joked with me. . . He called me a "homegirl".

This changed dramatically when they talked for a few hours before he was found dead in his Oceanside, Calif., home. "He knows, I heard the voice of bad on Wednesday morning."

Violent death, which immediately raised the question about the impact of concussions in the game, stunned the football world - but the hardest-hit closer to home football field stars.

"Please - take me, take me," wailed the mother Seau, who collapsed outside the Sao star midfielder Diego area home. "Leave my son."

"But it's too late," she cried. "It's too late."

Seau is the biggest star is still in demand in a tragic wave of suicides NFL. Former San Diego Charger, which was nominated for 12 Pro Bowls during a stellar 20-year career, left no note.

But warning signs abounded for the outgoing 43-year-old former player who was widely respected throughout the NFL for his skill and passion on the field.

Police said a gun was found in the bedroom, and that seems Seau was shot once in the chest. His corpse was found by his girlfriend.

Seau mother could not understand that he took his own life.

"Show your love for her son," Luisa Seau shouted the crowd of onlookers, some of whom wore the same color as the Chargers Seau did for 12 years.

"Where's Jr.?" She cried before falling outside the coastal home. "I do not know who did this to my son."

Seau, who also played with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, left the game in 2009 - but his time in retirement was confused.

Two years ago he was driving an SUV with a 30-foot cliff in California for a few hours after before he was arrested on suspicion of beating his girlfriend.

He received only minor injuries, and said that he fell asleep at the wheel, although the police initially investigated a crash as a suicide attempt.

Seau's death - and the way he killed himself - raised suspicions that he was suffering from the effects of a concussion and injuries from his days playing inside linebacker.

The solution to the Seau shooting himself in the chest, but not in the head caused the comparison to the 2011 suicide of a former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson.

Duerson, 50, also turned gun on himself, but said in a note that he wants to keep his brain, so that we could explore those studies, football-related head injury.

The researchers found that after he was serious brain injury.

Seau never listed on the injury report as the NFL with a concussion, but he famously tough striker, who played one of the strongest positions of the sport.

Suicide has become all too familiar result for the ex-players NFL.

Some of them have taken their lives in recent years, including Ray Easterling, the former Atlanta Falcons safety, who shot himself last week.

Easterling was one of the 1,300 former players who have filed a concussion-related lawsuits against the league.

NFL dismissed the action suits that accused the league long hidden dangers of brain injury.

Although the league has tightened its rules of concussions in recent years a growing debate about the safety of the most popular sport in the country.

Seau starred at USC before being drafted in the first round on the Chargers in 1990.

He was named 1990's NFL All Decade Team and has been perhaps the most popular battery in team history.

He was the only star in San Diego, the team will appear in the Super Bowl - but that 1994 team that lost to San Francisco 49ers, has been pursuing the tragedy in recent years.

Seau is now the eighth player in this team, to die young. Others died from heart problems or a freak accident, including the crash and the lightning.

He never won a championship, losing a Super Bowl with the Chargers and one with the 2007 Patriots.
And though he left the team 3,000 miles from San Diego, the city where he became a star has always been his home.

He opened a restaurant in the city center and can often be seen along the Pacific Ocean.

"Everything on the Chargers in total shock and disbelief right now," said team. "We ask everyone to stop what they are doing, and send their prayers Jr. and his family."

Seau will be eligible to be elected to the Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

An autopsy is expected to be completed later this week, officials said.

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