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Junior Seau's final days plagued by sleepless nights

5:08 PM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
Junior Seau's last days were filled with friends and flirting, beaches and bar-hopping, lifting weights and lifting spirits. His nights were another story.
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OCEANSIDE, CA - Junior Seau's last days were filled with friends and flirting, beaches and bar-hopping, lifting weights and lifting spirits. His nights were another story.

Hours after Seau's suicide, his 11-year-old son Hunter told his mother, Seau's ex-wife Gina, what he'd seen while staying with his father a month earlier. Hunter got up around 3 a.m. to let out Rock, a pit bull-mastiff mix. His father's bedroom light was on, so Hunter peeked in, as Gina relates his tale.

There was his dad, sitting up on his bed, wide awake, staring at the TV. But the TV wasn't on. He wasn't reading. He wasn't writing. He was just staring.

"Dad, are you OK?" Hunter asked.

"Yes, son," Seau said. "I'm fine."

He wasn't. Seau's friends and family say he'd had trouble sleeping for years and often took powerful sleep aids, and not always as directed.

On Saturday, it will be one month since the former all-pro linebacker died at 43. Authorities say he shot himself in the chest with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver on the morning of May 2 at his home. USA TODAY Sports talked to more than 50 of Seau's friends, family members, neighbors and former teammates who are trying to reconcile his terrible end with what seemed a charmed life.

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