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Junior Seau Autopsy Released

Junior Seau had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system at the time of his death

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Aug 20, 2012  |  Updated 2:44 PM PDT
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Autopsy results reveal details about the health of former San Diego Charger and NFL Pro Bowler Junior Seau at the time of his suicide.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner released the results of Seau's autopsy Monday.

Emergency workers found Seau's body on May 2 in the spare bedroom of his Oceanside home.  His cell phone was at the foot of the bed.

The autopsy reveals the 43-year-old former linebacker died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Seau was discovered lying on a bed with a .357 magnum revolver fully loaded with hollow-point bullets. Investigators found one shell casing near the gun. No other weapons were found in the home. 

No suicide note was found inside the home.

Seau had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system at the time of his death according to the report. 

However, the former football player was using insomnia medication Zolpidem, osteoarthritis medication Naproxen, antibiotic Amoxicillin and hyperthyroidism medication Propylthiouracil.

The autopsy report states "there was no indication of forced entry, foul play, alcohol abuse, or prescription medication or illicit drug abuse."

It also details the transfer of brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health for study based on the request by Seau's next of kin. 

The federally funded NIH will analyze the autopsied tissue as part of their research into traumatic brain injury. The results of their research will not be discussed.

Seau was under the care of Chargers physician David Chao, M.D. according to the autopsy however it was unclear who wrote the prescriptions. 

NBC 7 has reported that Chao is currently facing formal charges from the California medical board that could result in the loss of his license. Those charges are based on complaints from three of his patients. The case is not connected to Seau's death.

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