Report: Junior Seau's family to donate brain for research

Seau’s family has agreed to donate his brain for research. (US Presswire)

After former star linebacker Junior Seau shot himself in the chest, researchers in Boston who have collected the brains of a number of dead NFL players for research, requested that the family donate Seau’s brain.

Junior Seau, dead at 43
On Thursday night, the Seau family still was considering the request, but early Friday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported that the family had given its blessing to do so.

“The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell told the paper. "And when they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing, it was a natural occurrence for the Seau family to go forward."

While Seau did not leave a suicide note, it’s been assumed he, like Dave Duerson last year, shot himself in the chest so his brain could be studied after his death. Duerson had left a note asking that his brain be sent to Boston University researchers.

According to the Times, Seau’s family gave its approval "to help other individuals down the road."

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