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Junior Seau's death ruled a suicide

Officials wait for family's decision on study of the former football star's brain.

May 04, 2012

The death of NFL star Junior Seau was officially ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday.

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

Seau was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in his beachside home in Oceanside on Wednesday morning about 9:35 a.m., according to the report. Officials have not determined an exact time of death.

Dr. Craig Nelson, deputy medical examiner, conducted a forensic autopsy Thursday, including a full examination of Seau's body and organs and 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.

— Sam Farmer

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