Athletes, Celebs React To Death Of Former NFL Linebacker Junior Seau

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.

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He leaves behind three children.

Almost immediately, the news went viral on Twitter as fans reacted with shock.

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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!

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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. :(

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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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