Junior Seau

Birth Name:
Tiaina Baul Seau Jr.
Birth Date:
January 19, 1969
Birth Place:
Oceanside, California
Death Date:
May 2, 2012
Place of Death:
604 S. The Strand, Oceanside, California
Cause of Death:
Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest
Cemetery Name:
Eternal Hills Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
For 20 seasons—an eternity for a professional football player—there were few better linebackers in the NFL than Junior Seau. Strong, swift, and imbued with an fanatical work ethic, Seau terrorized opposing offenses so much that they largely avoided him, preferring to take their chances against his teammates. During his career with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots, Seau was selected to 12 Pro Bowl teams and was an First-Team All Pro six times. As he walked away from the game at the end of the 2009 season, there was no question that Seau would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sadly he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease from all violent and jarring hits his body and his head were subjected to during all the years in football beginning in junior high school and ending after 20 years in the National Football League. Consequently he took his own life at his home in Oceanside, California.

And There Is A Dark Side

According to a 2013 investigation by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Seau was an inveterate drinker and gambler who frittered away thousands on frequent trips to Las Vegas. In 2010, months after his career came to an end, Seau’s girlfriend accused him of assault. Soon after being released on bail, the beloved athlete drove his car off a cliff in a suspected suicide attempt. (Seau claimed that he had simply fallen asleep.) Nearly all of the $50 million he earned in salary during his career had evaporated by the time of his death.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Eternal Hills Memorial Park

1999 El Camino Real

Oceanside, California, 92054


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Map of Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, CA
Map of Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, CA

Grave Location:

Seau Family Plot

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery from Fire Mountain Drive, continue straight (with the offices on your right) 100 feet and park. Look to your left for a concrete path to the Lakeview Mausoleum and look to your left for the Seau upright monument and bench.

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