Former USC and San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in San Diego on Wednesday.
According to reports, the former Super Bowl champ may have succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Oceanside, Calif. home.
He leaves behind three children.
Almost immediately, the news went viral on Twitter as fans reacted with shock.
Celebrities and athletes - some of whom had connections to the athlete (like Reggie Bush and Rey Maualuga, who attended his alma mater) - and some who were just fans, shared their grief on Twitter.
Here is what they wrote:
Reggie Bush: R.I.P Jr. Seau one of the greatest players to play the game!
Chad Ochocinco: My prayers and condolences to the family of one of the NFL's greatest linebackers to ever play the game.. Junior Seau.. R.I.P
Kendra Wilkinson: I'm so sad. RIP JUNIOR SEAU. He was an amazing player and an amazing man. I looked up to him when I was young. :(
Arsenio Hall: SEAU!
Rey Maualuga: Say it ain't so!? Junior Seau? Please tell me this ain't true!!!!!!!!
Matthew Barkley (USC's current quarterback): #RIPJuniorSeau You were one of the greatest Trojans of all time!
Tom Arnold: #RIP Junior Seau. Got to know him on the sports show and a bunch of charity stuff. Great guy. GREAT ballplayer. Respect to his family.
Evan Royster (Washington Redskins): always loved watchin junior seau play... still hoping these reports arent true
Mohamed Massaquoi (Cleveland Browns): RIP Junior Seau. Life is so precious. Cherish every moment of it.
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