OCEANSIDE, Calif. (CBS Las Vegas) — Former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau was found dead inside his Oceanside home, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 43.
Law enforcement officials tell the Los Angeles Times that Seau’s girlfriend found him.
His death comes two years after he drove his car over a beachside cliff following his arrest on a domestic disturbance dispute. He claimed at the time he fell asleep at the wheel.
Seau was a 20-year veteran in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. He retired in 2009.
Seau is now the eighth person to die from the 1994 AFC Champion San Diego Chargers team.
Linebacker David Griggs, 28, died in a car accident in June 1995.
Running back Rodney Culver, 26, died in May 1996 when the ValuJet flight he was on crashed into the Florida Everglades.
In July 1998, linebacker Doug Miller, 28, was killed when he was struck by lightning.
Center Curtis Whitley, 39, died from a drug overdose in May 2008. In October of the same year, defensive end Chris Mims, 38, passed away from an enlarged heart.
Defensive tackle Shawn Lee, 44, died from cardiac arrest in February 2011. Linebacker Lew Bush, 42, died of a heart attack last December.
The San Diego Chargers have yet to release a statement regarding Seau’s death.