Report says Seau's death a suicide

Police are investigating Junior Seau's death as a suicide, a source indicated to the North County Times.

Seau, a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1990, was found in his Oceanside, Calif., home with a gunshot wound to his chest. A housekeeper reportedly found Seau's body.

"He was a local hero ---- he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation," Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Seau spent 20 years in the NFL, split between the Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots He had been a local star in high school in Oceanside and later starred at the University of Southern California before the Chargers made him the fifth pick overall in the 1990 draft.

The Junior Seau Foundation did lots of philanthropic work in the San Diego area.

In 2010, Seau was involved in a bizarre automobile accident when he drove his SUV off the road, saying he was tired when he lost control of the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries. Just before the accident, Seau had been accused of domestic assault by his live-in girlfriend, though those charges were later dropped.

Seau is survived by his former wife and three children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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