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              FILE -In this July 28, 2007 file photo, New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau smiles during NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass. Police have responded to a report of a shooting at the Seau  FILE -In this July 28, 2007 file photo, New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau smiles during NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass. Police have responded to a report of a shooting at the Seau's home in Oceanside, Calif., Wednesday morning, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)   

OCEANSIDE: Football great Junior Seau dead in suicide, sources say

Former pro football great and Oceanside sports legend Junior Seau has committed suicide, found at his beachfront home with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to multiple sources.

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said he learned of the death from Police Chief Frank McCoy.

Police responded to Seau’s home on The Strand on Wednesday after receiving a call about a reported suicide. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office said an investigator was sent to the scene.

Wood said Seau, 43, was beloved in the community and will be deeply missed.

“He was a local hero —- he certainly gave back to the community and to the youth through his Junior Seau Foundation,” Wood said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

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