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Junior Seau Dies in Apparent Suicide

Junior Seau (Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe)

Legendary NFL linebacker Junior Seau died Wednesday at his California home due to gunshot wound to the chest. Police are investigating his death as a suicide. He was 43.

“He had a legendary NFL career and his unrivaled passion for the game quickly made him a fan favorite here in New England,” the Patriots said in a statement. “This is a sad day for the entire Patriots organization, our coaches and his many Patriots teammates. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends who will mourn this loss.”

Seau played with the Patriots from 2006-2009. He also played with the Dolphins, but spent most of his career with the Chargers.

Seau nearly died in 2010 after crashing his car off a cliff in Carlsbad, California. He had been arrested earlier that same day on domestic violence charges, and claimed he fell asleep at the wheel before the crash.

He even had his own TV show back in 2009. At the time, Sports of Boston had the opportunity to interview Seau ahead of his show’s premiere.

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