Junior Seau 911 call: 'My boyfriend shot himself'
The city of Oceanside today released the frantic 911 call made by Junior Seau's girlfriend after she returned to his home and found him dead, with a gun nearby.
The dispatcher can be heard trying to get details from the woman.
"Is he breathing?" she asked, in a calm voice.
AUDIO: Seau 911 call
"I don't think so," came the quick, agonized reply.
The recording was released by city officials after local media made numerous Public Record Act requests.
Seau's girlfriend returned to the oceanfront home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and found him dead in one of the bedrooms, a gun in the bed beside him.
"Oh my God, I need an ambulance," the girlfriend said, her voice thick with crying and heavy breathing. "Oh my God.... My boyfriend shot himself."
The dispatcher advises the woman to attempt CPR on the former football star, and fire officials try to walk her through the procedure. "Help is on the way," said the dispatcher.
The woman said she had been at the gym and had only been gone about an hour. Asked where Seau had shot himself, she said she thought it was in the heart.
The medical examiner has confirmed that Seau, 43, a star player for USC and the San Diego Chargers, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
Officials said plans are shaping up for memorials at a local church and at Oceanside High School, which Junior Seau attended before enrolling at USC.
Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell told The Times' Sam Farmer about the decision to have Seau's brain donated for research.
"The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions. And when they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing, it was a natural occurrence for the Seau family to go forward."
Mitchell told Farmer that the family made the choice "to help other individuals down the road."
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Francis Sanchez says a prayer at a memorial of flowers and messages for Junior Seau. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times