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Twice-retired NFL star Junior Sea, 43, was found dead Wednesday morning by his housekeeper or his girlfriend at his home in Oceanside, CA. He reportedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

As everyone is reporting, this is similar to how Chicago Bears Dave Duerson took his life. Duerson shot himself in the chest on February 17. The note Duerson left indicated that he did this to preserve his brain so it could be examined for symptoms of CTE (chronic tramuatic encephalopathy), brought on by repeated blows to the head which many NFL players suffer from. The tests came back positive by the way.

The Chargers released a statement saying, “Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now…We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family.”

The day before his suicide, Seau sent texts to his ex-wife and 3 kids saying, “Love you.”

In 2010, Junior drove his SUV off a cliff hours after being arrested for allegedly attacking his then girlfriend. At the time, Seau said he was not trying to kill himself claiming he fell asleep at the wheel.