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Ex-NFL Player Seau Had Brain Disease From Head Injuries

Junior Seau, the former National Football League linebacker who committed suicide in May, was suffering from a brain disease caused by repeated head injuries associated with contact sports.

Brain-tissue samples showed Seau had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive disease diagnosed after death, according to a statement today from the National Institutes of Health, which funds medical research. Seau’s family sent his brain tissue to researchers in July 2012, two months after he shot himself in the chest at his home in Oceanside, California.