The San Diego County medical examiner released the formal autopsy report stating that former National Football League linebacker, Junior Seau did not die of a drug overdose, nor was he under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he took his own life.
Prior to the autopsy report revelation, it was widely believed that Seau was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he allegedly took his own life. The theory was that perhaps Seau’s mood was altered by the alleged drugs or alcohol he was believed to have consumed……as result, he took his own life.
Well, based on the autopsy report, that theory has been completely rebuffed.
According to the autopsy report, Seau’s brain revealed no sign of trauma, and there have been no reports of mental health problems.
Although the autopsy report discovered no brain trauma, many reports suggest that Seau’s death or suicide was related to the head trauma that he suffered from throughout his lifetime.
Some reports have stated that Seau was hit as many as 1,500 times during his time playing football, and many of those hits included direct impact to his head.
The cover of Sports Illustrated stated, “he did not want us to know that he suffered”. Perhaps that was the problem, that he was suffering from head trauma, and rather than ask for help, he took care of it himself; sadly he took care of it with suicide.
Due to the fact that Seau wanted his brain studied, Seau’s family donated portions of his brain for medical research.
The forty three year old former linebacker used a .357 caliber revolver to shoot himself in the chest.
Seau died of complications from the gunshot, leading investigators and authorities to believe it was a suicide, despite the fact that he did not leave a suicide note.
Seau died nearly four months ago, on May 2.
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