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    Default Junior Seau suicide -- should his brain be donated to research?

    Dave Duerson made it easy to understand why he ended his tortured life.

    Before the former Chicago Bear fired a bullet into his chest last year, he asked to have his brain examined for damage he believed was caused by repeated blows to his head on the football field.

    Junior Seau (SAY'-ow) was an even bigger NFL star, and he ended his life in much the same way as Duerson and former Atlanta Falcon Ray Easterling.

    Now friends wonder if the San Diego star hoped his death might leave a greater legacy than anything he did on the gridiron.
    Former player Kyle Turley has no doubt that Seau shot himself in the chest Wednesday so his brain could be studied for the telltale signs of football-related trauma.
    05/03/2012 19:24 ? Copyright The Associated Press


    Junior Seau's death has been ruled a suicide -- this according to the San Diego County medical examiner's office.

    According to the medical examiner, Seau -- who was found unconscious at his Oceanside, CA home yesterday -- died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

    The medical examiner's office says Seau's family has yet to decide whether to turn the NFL legend's brain over to outside researchers for study.

    There are reports a Boston University research center has already requested to examine Junior's brain -- to see if there's a link between his suicide and concussion-related injuries he sustained during his NFL career.

    As we reported, former NFL player Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest last year, requesting his brain be donated to research. Months after Duerson's death, researchers at BU confirmed he suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions.

    But as we first reported, Seau's family doesn't believe he shot himself in the chest to preserve his brain -- because he never complained about concussion-related medical problems and didn't appear to be suffering from depression.
    http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/03/junior...rain-research/

    Junior Seau was a legendary NFL player with the San Diego Chargers, and a key player on the 1994 team that went to the Super Bowl, the only time the Chargers have been to the Super Bowl. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before retiring in 2010. On Wednesday, he shot himself to death in the chest, reminiscent of Dave Duerson, who left a note saying he killed himself in that manner to preserve his brain for research. Boston University later found that Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions. Seau's family has, so far, refused to donate Seau's brain, saying that he didn't seem depressed & didn't complain about concussion-related medical problems.

    Should the family donate his brain anyway, and see what the experts have to say? Should Boston University attempt to get a court order giving them access to take biopsies of Seau's brain? Or should the family's wishes be abided?
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    It's entirely up to the family whether or not to donate his brain for research.

    I definitely don't think the university should attempt to get a court order, as there wasn't a note indicating the deceased wishes.

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    I think it would be great if they donated it because with symptoms or not there could be several brain issues they could study. If he didn't specify leaving it to BU then I would be disappointed in them if they obtained a court order for his brain. If he did specify it they should donate it and BU then has every right to pursue it.
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    In the 1.5 years since he retired, he was arrested for domestic violence, and he drove his truck over a cliff. That sounds to me like someone who might have problems. Also, having lived with many years with someone who suffers from a mental illness, I can say for a fact that many people are great at hiding their pain. I think Mr. Seau's chosen method of suicide says as much as a suicide note: he was preserving his brain. I can't imagine the amount of pain he felt in those minutes between shooting himself and finally dying. That's why people generally shoot themselves in the head, not the chest. I think donating his brain would be the right thing to do, and if the family doesn't do it, I hope Boston University can get a court order for it. We need to know what playing major league football is doing to these men so it can be prevented in the future. I think that greater good overshadows the family's wishes in this case.

    ETA: I haven't actually heard anything about Boston University getting a court order, but it was an idea my DH & I were tossing around last night after we heard about Mr. Seau's method of suicide & that the family was saying no to BU's request.
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    The family should donate it, but it would be terribly terribly wrong for the government to overrule their wishes to allow a college research center (or anyone) override those wishes without a legal document from the deceased. Big overstep if it happens.

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    FTR, they believe he fell asleep when he drove over the cliff, not on purpose. Of course you can speculate that he did it on purpose, but i don't think its appropriate to present it here without giving a clear picture of what happened and what was actually reported.

    As for the Domsetic Violence, I could see that being caused by lots of things.

    Anyway, I think it would be beneficial for his brain to be donated but ultimately that is an extremely personal decision that needs to be made by the family and should not be forced.

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    That is an extremely personal decision, one the family should be able to make without any pressure. I hope they do what they feel is best for them at this time. I BU tried to get a court order I would find that appalling, they have no legal right to that brain.
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    I think that the family should respect his wishes and donate his brain as the note stated. He really should have left a will stating his wishes upon death, then there wouldn't be questions as far as this goes. It's terribly sad that he felt this was his only option. The college/state really have no legal grounds, I don't think, unless there is a legal document stating otherwise from Seau.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RebeccaA'07 View Post
    I think that the family should respect his wishes and donate his brain as the note stated. He really should have left a will stating his wishes upon death, then there wouldn't be questions as far as this goes. It's terribly sad that he felt this was his only option. The college/state really have no legal grounds, I don't think, unless there is a legal document stating otherwise from Seau.
    There was no suicide note or any request by him to donate his brain. You are thinking of Dave Duerson.

    In other news I have read that Seau's family will be donating his brain

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/0...ng-impact-nfl/

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    There was no suicide note or any request by him to donate his brain. You are thinking of Dave Duerson.

    In other news I have read that Seau's family will be donating his brain

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/0...ng-impact-nfl/
    Sheesh...I need to read better

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