Autopsy: No Drugs, Alcohol in Junior Seau's System

NFL star was sober when he killed himself
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2012 2:01 AM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2012 2:22 AM CDT
Autopsy: No Drugs, Alcohol in Junior Seau's System
Junior Seau spent 13 seasons with the Chargers before spending three years as a Miami Dolphin and finishing his career with the New England Patriots.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

NFL star Junior Seau had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he committed suicide earlier this year, according to an autopsy report obtained by TMZ. Medical examiners found traces of the sleeping aid Ambien, but only in amounts "consistent with therapeutic use," the report states. The 43-year-old former San Diego Charger star shot himself in the chest with a revolver. The initial examination of his brain found no trace of damage from his years of playing football, but his family has sent brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health for a more detailed examination, reports the Los Angeles Times. (More Junior Seau stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.