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Frantic woman calls 911 after finding Seau’s body

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-04 18:31:27-04

GRAPHIC WARNING: Listen to the unedited audio recording of the 911 call from the woman who found Junior Seau’s body. 

SAN DIEGO (WTVR) - Officials released the 911 call from the woman who found former NFL linebacker Junior Seau shot dead earlier this week.

Police said the woman was Seau's girlfriend and that she was "nearly hysterical" as she called for help.

The woman was able to tell the 911 operator that Seau did not appear to be breathing, but parts of the call are unintelligible.

"My boyfriend just shot himself! I just came home from the gym," the woman told the operator. "Junior Seau, my boyfriend!"

Officials said the 43-year-old died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday in a bedroom of his California home. A handgun was found near his body.

There are more questions than answers in the Seau's death.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the former NFL linebacker's death a suicide.

But there are concerns his death may have been prompted by a brain disease, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It occurs when a person suffers multiple concussions.

The Chargers team chaplain told the LA Times that the family has decided to allow Seau's brain to be studied, to determine if he did in fact suffer from CTE.