SEATTLE - DECEMBER 07: (FILE PHOTO) Junior Seau #55 of the New England Patriots jogs on the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 7 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. According to reports Seau drove his SUV off a cliff October 18 2010 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and released. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Junior Seau Dead At 43

Former USC standout Junior Seau was found dead at his San Diego area home on Wednesday.

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Junior Seau Dead: USC AD Pat Haden, HC Lane Kiffin Issue Statements

With the tragic passing of former USC great Junior Seau, both USC Trojans athletic director Pat Haden and head coach Lane Kiffin had things to say concerning his passing.

Haden: "We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children. Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55."

Kiffin: "This is a very sad day. The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior's family. He was one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. Our team and fans were very fortunate to see him just a couple of weeks ago at our Spring Game at the Coliseum. He will be deeply missed."

Seau struggled when he initially made it to USC with his grades, but he eventually blossomed into a top All-American linebacker who helped anchor the Trojan defense to consecutive Rose Bowls. Seau is considered to be the first in the line of great USC linebackers, and his number 55 has been worn by almost every great Trojan linebacker to pass through the school ever since.

To talk more about Seau with USC fotoball fans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles.

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Gunshot Wound Cause Of Junior Seau's Death, Suicide Suspected According to Police

Police in North San Diego County have confirmed the death of former USC trojans standout Junior Seau At a Wednesday press conference outside his Oceanside, CA home. The investigation into Seau's death is being treated as a suicide moving forward.

Police stated that a woman called police around 9:30 a.m. PT, reporting that she had found Mr. Seau unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest in one of the bedrooms in his home.

"Life saving efforts were performed on Mr. Seau," police said in a press conference. "However, they were not successful. Mr. Seau has deceased. This case at this point is being investigated as a suicide. A handgun was found near the body. As you can see this is a very fluid situation and our investigators are continuing their investigation in this matter. Our hearts and prayers as a city go out to the Seau family."

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Junior Seau Dead At 43, Per Report

Former USC standout Junior Seau was found dead at his San Diego area home on Wednesday.

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