No alcohol, drugs in Seau's system
SAN DIEGO (AP)
No alcohol or illegal drugs were found in Junior Seau 's system when he
shot and killed himself at his home in May, authorities said Monday.
The full autopsy results were released by the San Diego County medical
examiner's office in a 16-page report for the former NFL linebacker who
was found by his girlfriend with a single gunshot wound to his chest.
Seau did have Zolpidem, often found in the sleeping aid Ambien, and
traces of the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen in his system when he
died that were ''consistent with therapeutic use,'' wrote Deputy
Medical Examiner Craig Nelson.
The autopsy showed no underlying hemorrhaging or contusions on Seau's
brain, which appeared to be normal. His family has donated some of his
brain tissue for research amid questions about whether any damage from
his 20-year football career played some factor in his suicide.
Questions remain about why Seau, 43, decided to kill himself on May 2
at his suburban Oceanside home. No suicide note was found, according to
the autopsy report, and family and friends said Seau didn't appear
distraught or depressed.
Investigators said the gun Seau used to kill himself was an
unregistered .357-caliber revolver that had five hollow-point bullets
inside. They also found his cellphone lying on his bed. The phone had
its memory chip missing.