Jan 31, 2008; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau answers questions during a team press conference at the Westin Kierland Resort. The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants Sunday February 3, 2008. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Breaking: Junior Seau is Confirmed Dead, Police Say Possible Suicide

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Former USC linebacker Junior Seau is dead at the age 43, after being found at his Oceanside home this morning, TMZ is reporting.

According to TMZ, Seau shot himself in an apparent suicide, after texting his family and children yesterday, confessing his love for them. Seau is now the eighth member of the 1994 San Diego Chargers Super Bowl team to have passed away.

Cops are currently at Seau’s home — located in San Diego County — and were seen talking with a man who was inside the house and appeared distraught.

We’re told Seau sent text messages to his ex-wife and 3 kids yesterday saying, “Love you.” We’re told they all responded and didn’t suspect anything was wrong. We’re told he last saw his kids 3 weeks ago.

Sources close to Seau tell us family members didn’t notice any signs of depression in recent weeks.

In 2010, Seau drove himself off of a cliff, but was adamant it wasn’t a suicide attempt. Now, with this news, it’s hard to say otherwise.

Seau was a star linebacker at USC, and arguably the first notable star to wear the No. 55 as a dominant linebacker with the Trojans. He was a first round selection in 1990 of the San Diego Chargers, and was a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker in San Diego before finishing his career with stints in Miami and New England.

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