SAN DIEGO – The autopsy report for Junior Seau, a former star defensive player for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, reveals no clues to why he killed himself on May 2.
Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside. He was 43.
The autopsy results, released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, showed no signs of illegal drugs or alcohol in Seau’s system, according to the Associated Press.
The report said Seau had traces of Zolpidem (Ambien) and naproxen (Aleve) in his body, but in amounts considered "consistent with therapeutic use," Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Nelson wrote.
Furthermore, the Medical Examiner did not find hemorrhaging or bruising on the brain even though Seau played for many years in a brutal sport where hitting is a premium. The family donated some brain tissue to researchers who are studying concussion issues related to football, AP reported.
The .357-caliber handgun that Seau used was unregistered and contained five hollow-point bullets, investigators have reported. Another mystery is why Seau’s cellphone, found on his bed, was missing its memory chip.
Seau left behind three children and an ex-wife.
Officials said Seau texted messages to his family on Tuesday, telling them: "Love you." Later, family members and friends told the media that they never noticed any signs of depression in Seau, though his namesake restaurant was said to have been struggling financially and the former football player had argued with his girlfriend.
No suicide note was ever found.
Seau’s body was found in his bedroom, and life-saving efforts by paramedics were not successful, according to reports.
In 2010, Seau made headlines when he drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., hours after he was arrested and accused of attacking his girlfriend. Seau told authorities that he fell asleep at the wheel, and denied attempting suicide.
Seau became the eighth member of the Chargers '94 Super Bowl team to die, an unusually high number of deaths for players so young.
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