The news of Junior Seau's death is shocking
How could a 43-year-old man with three teenage children apparently kill himself?
Seau, who was regarded as one of the best linebackers to ever play in the NFL, died of a gunshot wound to the chest at his beachfront house Wednesday in Oceanside, California.
"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now," the Chargers said in a statement. "We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family."
Seau, who had a 20-year career with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots, is the second retired NFL player to commit suicide in the past few months. In February 2011, former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest.
No matter what your life circumstances are, suicide is never the answer.
There is help.
There are answers.
The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.
According to the organization's website, suicide warning signs include:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Confidential help is available 24 hours a day.
-Theresa Neuhoff Audia