Junior Seau, a recently-retired NFL linebacker who played for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, died Wednesday morning at his home in Oceanside, California. Chargers Chaplain Shawn Mitchell told ABC News the 43-year-old passed away from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.”
No other details on Seau’s death were available. Seau, whose real name is Tiaina Baul Seau, Jr., played college football at the University of Southern California. He joined the Chargers in 1990 as a first-round draft pick. Seau played with the Miami Dolphins from 2003 to 2005 before signing with the New England Patriots in 2006. He remained with the Patriots until announcing his intentions to retire last year.
Seau’s other work includes the clothing line Say-Ow and the Mission Valley, San Diego restaurant Seau’s The Restaurant. He also started the Junior Seau Foundation to educate and protect children.
Seau is survived by his ex-wife and three children.
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