Junior Seau diagnosed with Brain Disease

The family of NFL legend Junior Seau who committed suicide in May 2012 have explained the former linebacker has been diagnosed after his death with the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

The diagnosis was revealed after the Seau family donated the brain of the football star who shot himself in the chest in May 2012 to a research study into traumatic brain injuries and football players. The researchers from the National Institutes of Health made the diagnosis without being given any information on the identity of the person whose brain they were examining.

The Seau family believe the brain disease was caused by the 20 years of hits to the head Junior Seau, 43 received playing in the NFL.

CTE carries symptoms including depression, forgetfulness and suicidal intentions and is usually only diagnosed after death when the brain can be examined. Seau’s ex-wife Gina explained to ESPN and ABC News the former NFL player had become isolated from his family and four children in the months before his death.

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