Former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, an icon in his hometown of Oceanside who rose to stardom in the NFL, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his beachfront home in Oceanside Wednesday.
Seau’s girlfriend called 911 at 9:35 a.m. reporting a possible suicide, said Oceanside police Chief Frank McCoy. Officers found Seau in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
A handgun was found near his body, and police are investigating the death as a suicide, McCoy said.
“Our hearts and prayers of the city go out to Seau’s family,” the chief said.
Hundreds gathered around Seau’s two-story home on the south end of The Strand, standing behind police tape. Several friends and family have been allowed inside.
Seau’s mother, Luisa Seau, sobbed in front of reporters as she cried loudly, “Junior! Why didn’t you tell me you were going?”
“I don’t understand, I don’t know anything,” his mother said. “I’m shocked. I appreciate everyone, show your love to my son.”