Former NFL LB Junior Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside, Calif. on Wednesday.
The North County Times reports that Seau, who was 43, was found by a housekeeper, who called authorities about an apparent suicide. The cause of death reportedly was a gunshot wound to the chest.
Seau played in the NFL for 20 years with the Dolphins, Chargers and Patriots. He was a 12-time Pro Bowler and 10-time All-Pro player, recording 1,849 tackles and 56½ sacks from 1990-2009, mainly playing in San Diego.
For his play, Seau was also named to the 1990’s NFL All-Decade team and has been inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.
The defender has had issues since retiring from football. In October 2010, he apparently drove his Cadillac Escalade off a cliff near his home in Carlsbad, Calif. after being arrested earlier in the day for felony spousal assault. Seau claimed the event was not a suicide attempt, but rather that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, this is not the first tragedy that has struck the Chargers' organization. Seau is the eighth member of the 1994 Chargers team that won the AFC to pass away.
The Chargers released a brief statement, saying, ""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."