Junior Seau was found dead this afternoon at the age of 43 after an apparent suicide.

Tragic news coming out of California this afternoon, with multiple reports saying that former Patriot Junior Seau was found dead at his home earlier today.

According to Channel 10 News out of San Diego, it’s being reported as an apparent suicide.

He was just 43 years old.

The North County Times reports that the NFL linebacker was found by a housekeeper with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Seau announced his retirement from football in 2006, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was able to talk him into coming to New England where he went on to start 10 of 11 games played in 2006 season before suffering a gruesome broken arm in his first season against the Chicago Bears. He was later placed on injured reserve.

He started 4 of 16 games the following year during their undefeated regular season campaign and also helped them win an AFC Championship. He then came back the following year in December after the team placed Adalius Thomas on injured reserve, playing in four games and returned for one last time in 2009 after signing with the team in October, where he appeared in 7 games during his final season.

Seau announced his retirement from football on January 13, 2010. He was later inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame on November 27, 2011.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and former teammates.