Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Junior Seau's Brain Will Be Studied

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau's family has decided to let his brain be studied by researchers, reports CNN.

The ex-football star killed himself this week with a gunshot to the chest. Seau didn't leave a suicide note, but the method he used to take his own life mirrors that of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson. Duerson had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which causes psychological problems after repeated brain injuries, such as those suffered during a football game. Duerson left a note requesting that his brain be examined after his death.

It's been widely reported that Seau didn't suffer the traditional symptoms of CTE like depression, memory lapses or angry outbursts, and in fact many who saw Seau at a golf tournament just this week reported that he was in great spirits. But Seau was investigated for domestic violence in 2010, after his girlfriend reported that he assaulted her during an argument.

San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell made the announcement about Seau's family's decision today, saying that they hope it will benefit players in the future.