(SportsData) – The family of Junior Seau has confirmed that the late linebacker suffered from a type of brain damage associated with repeated head trauma. Results of Seau’s pathology report show evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), specialists at the National Institute of Health concluded.
CTE is a neurodegenerative disease that can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including dementia, memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression. Seau committed suicide May 2, 2012, two years after retiring from the NFL. He played 20 seasons and was a 12-time Pro Bowler.
In an exclusive interview, Seau’s ex-wife Gina and oldest son Tyler, 23, told ABC News and ESPN that they were informed of the CTE test results last week.
The disease has been most often found in boxers, wrestlers, soldiers, and more recently football and hockey players. Researchers at Boston University recently confirmed 50 cases of CTE have been diagnosed in former football players, including 33 who played in the NFL.
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