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Former Trojan Linebacker Junior Seau Found Dead

Oceanside police say the death is being investigated as a suicide. 

Former USC and San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has died, according to Oceanside Police. 

The 12-time Pro Bowler was found dead in his Oceanside home Wednesday morning. His girlfriend made a 911 call around 9:35 a.m. after finding Seau unconscious. 

Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy confirmed the death during a press conference and said a handgun was found near Seau's body. He added that the death is being investigated as a suicide. Seau died after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. 

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden commented on Seau's death on Wednesday, saying, "We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children. Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55."

USC head football coach Lane Kiffin also released a statement regarding Seau's death.

"This is a very sad day. The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior's family. He was one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. Our team and fans were very fortunate to see him such a couple of weeks ago at our Spring Game at the Coliseum. He will be deeply missed." 

USC also released a video tribute remembering Seau's career.

Seau played at USC for three seasons before being selected as the fifth pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. He spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Chargers (1990-2002) but ended his career with the New England Patriots in 2009. He also played for the Miami Dolphins. 

Seau was 43 years old.

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