An autopsy was scheduled to be performed today on the body of Junior Seau, the NFL great who was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Authorities confirmed that no foul play was suspected in the death of Seau, who was apparently the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. They also confirmed that his body was discovered by his girlfriend when she returned from the gym, the story reports.
The longtime San Diego Chargers linebacker’s death has rekindled the debate about concussions and brain damage among NFL players. The story reports: “Some observers saw similarities between the deaths of Seau and former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest last year. In a suicide note, Duerson had asked his family to donate his brain to the Boston University School of Medicine.
“Researchers from that school later determined that Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions, and that the condition played a role in triggering his depression.”
There has been no indication of a suicide note in Seau’s case.
Seau’s mother, Luisa Seau, spoke Wednesday to onlookers and reporters gathered outside her son’s home in Oceanside, Calif. “I don’t understand, I don’t understand,” she said, crying as she grieved openly in front of cameras and microphones.
She said she was in church when she got the news of her son’s death, the Times reports. "I pray to God, ‘Take me, take me, leave my son.’ But it’s too late,” she said.
"I appreciate everybody showing your love to my son,” Luisa Seau said. “Junior never do anything bad. I say to you: thank you and you guys for showing your love."