When NFL player Junior Seau shot himself in the chest and ultimately killed himself back in May, he was sober and definitely not on drugs. The Junior Seau autopsy report was conducted by the San Diego medical examiner, and, on Monday, his death was officially ruled a suicide.
The autopsy report was filed by Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Nelson and specifically lists a “self-inflicted gunshot would to the chest” with a “.357 caliber revolver” as the cause of death for Seau.
Nelson write that the autopsy shows:
“No alcohol, common drugs of abuse, or other medications were detected.”
The autopsy did find a small amount of Zolpidem (aka Ambien) and Naproxen (an anti-inflammatory) in the football player’s body, but the medical examiner noted that such small amounts are “consistent with therapeutic use.”
The Ambien was likely being used for insomnia; as we recently reported, several witnesses claim that Junior Seau was restless and unable to sleep leading up to his self-inflicted gunshot wound.
With football players suffering from major concussions followed by the effects of early on-set dementia, Junior Seau’s family requested that his brain be sent to the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke where it will be studied. Junior Seau was never listed on the NFL’s weekly concussion list, although players have been known to hide concussive injuries so they can continue to play.
At the time of his suicide, Junior Seau did not leave a suicide note, and nobody has come forward to discuss any suicidal tendencies he may have had leading up to his untimely demise.