Junior Seau dead in apparent suicide. Media is blaming head injury. Do you think there is a link?
The circumstances coming to light about the death of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau
may highlight what some doctors see as a growing link between head
trauma, mental illness and suicide, a connection that has come to the
forefront of sports safety research in the last decade.
Seau was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Oceanside, Calif. Wednesday morning.
If Seau did indeed commit suicide, his death would bear a resemblance to
that of other athletes in hard-hitting sports, including Chicago Bears
football player Dave Duerson. Duerson shot himself in the chest in
February of last year.
Seau played in the NFL for 20 years for the San Diego Chargers, Miami
Dolphins and New England Patriots. On Wednesday, Chargers Chaplain Shawn
Mitchell told ABCNews.com that Seau died of a "self-inflicted gunshot
wound to the chest this morning." Seau was 43 and leaves behind three
children and an ex-wife, Gina Deboer.
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