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Junior Seau's Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against NFL

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Relatives of former linebacker Junior Seau have filed a wrongful death suit against the National Football League, claiming the player's suicide stemmed from the brain disease he suffered due to blows to the head sustained while playing football.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in ia Superior Court in San Diego, according to the Associated Press.

Seau, 43, took his own life in May 2012 by shooting himself in the chest. Recently, a team of scientists at the National Institutes for Health studying Seau's brain concluded that he suffered from a debilitating brain disease that is caused by repeated hits to the head.

The lawsuit alleges the NFL deliberately kept quiet about the danger of head trauma sustained during play, and "accuses the league of glorifying the violence in American football, and creating the impression that delivering big hits 'is a badge of courage which does not seriously threaten one's health.'"

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Additionally, the Seau family is suing Riddell Inc., a helmet manufacturer, claiming the company was "negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets" which are worn by NFL players.

Seau retired in 2009. In his later years, he was known to suffer violent mood swings and depression attributed to his brain injury.

There have been over 3,800 players who have sued the NFL in recent years in conjunction with head injuries, says the AP.