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L.A. Now Live: Latest on Junior Seau's apparent suicide

May 3, 2012 |  5:56 am

Junior Seau, 43, a star linebacker at USC and for his hometown San Diego Chargers, apparently ended his life Wednesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

The Times' San Diego Bureau Chief Tony Perry and reporter Nicole Santa Cruz will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss the latest details of Seau's death, which shocked his family, fans and those who knew him. They will take questions during a live chat at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday.

Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend went to the beachfront home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found him dead in a bedroom. Police and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

McCoy said Seau died of a gunshot wound to the chest. A handgun was found near the body. The case is being investigated as a suicide, although police found no suicide note. 

Seau's ex-wife, Gina, said that on Tuesday he sent her and each of their three children a text message ending with "I love you."

His distraught mother, Luisa Seau, cried as she spoke to reporters gathered outside her son's home: "I don't understand; I don't understand."

Luisa Seau said she was in church when she heard her son was dead. "I pray to God, 'Take me, take me, leave my son.' But it's too late."