Former NFL star Junior Seau found dead in his Oceanside home

Per TMZ, former NFL star Junior Seau has been found dead in his San Diego area home. The 43-year old is believed to have committed suicide.

A rep for the Oceanside Police Department just spoke outside Seau’s San Diego house, claiming Seau’s body was initially discovered by Seau’s girlfriend. Authorities responded, and found Seau’s unconscious body inside a bedroom, with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Paramedics attempted to revive Seau, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His body is still inside the house.

The rep says investigators recovered a handgun on the scene. The case is being investigated as a suicide.

Seau’s mother also spoke briefly — and she was hysterical, crying to God, “Take me. Leave my son alone!” 

We’re told Seau sent text messages to his ex-wife and 3 kids yesterday saying, “Love you.” We’re told they all responded and didn’t suspect anything was wrong.  We’re told he last saw his kids 3 weeks ago. 

Sources close to Seau tell us family members didn’t notice any signs of depression in recent weeks.

In 2010 Seau was involved in a traffic accident when he drove his SUV over a cliff. At the time Seau was adamant that it wasn’t a suicide attempt.

Seau played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. He graduated from USC and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 1990.

Prayers for Junior Seau’s family.