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Medical examiner rules Junior Seau's death a suicide

May 03, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Junior Seau during his playing days with the Chargers.
Junior Seau during his playing days with the Chargers. ( Al Messerschmidt / Getty…)

OCEANSIDE -- The death of NFL star Junior Seau was officially ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner's office.

Officials are awaiting the family's decision regarding the study of Seau's brain for evidence of repetitive injuries.

Seau was discovered dead in his beachside home in Oceanside on Wednesday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to the report.

Officials have not determined an exact time of death.

Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Nelson conducted a forensic autopsy Thursday, including a full examination of Seau's body and organs while taking a collection of appropriate specimens for laboratory studies, including toxicology and microscopic examination of organs and tissues.

The results of those tests will be part of the medical examiner's final autopsy report, which could require as long as three months to complete.

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Medical examiner rules Junior Seau's death a suicide

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