Junior Seau was 43. He was a 12-time Pro Bowler and 6-time First-Team All-Pro NFL linebacker, enjoying his best seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
Early reports indicate Junior Seau died from a self-inflicted gunshot. That's a damn shame, he was one of my favourites.
Junior Seau is the 8th member of the 1994 Chargers team that made the Super Bowl to have passed away. Here are the 8 along with the causes of their deaths:
- Junior Seau - suicide
- Lew Bush - heart attack
- Rodney Culver - plane crash
- Dave Griggs - car accident
- Doug Miller - stuck by lightning
- Shawn Lee - heart attack
- Chris Mims - enlarged heart
- Curtis Whitley - drug overdose
Levon Helm was 71. He was a singer and drummer for the Band, singing such classics as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Rag Mama Rag," and "The Weight".
Dick Clark was 82. He was the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin' Eve became a fixture of New Year's celebrations.
Randy Starkman was 51. He covered premier amateur athletics for the Toronto Star, exposing sprinter Ben Johnson’s second positive steroid test in 1993, and covering 12 Olympic Games.
Mike Wallace was 93. He was the grand inquisitor of CBS’s 60 Minutes who once declared there was “no such thing as an indiscreet question.”
Jim Marshall was 88. He was dubbed "the Father of Loud" for creating kit used by some of the biggest names in rock.
Earl Scruggs was 88. He was a bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer who helped profoundly change country music with Bill Monroe and later with guitarist Lester Flatt.
Bert Randolph Sugar was 74. He was a legendary boxing writer and historian, and one of the sport's most iconic characters.
I always loved his appearances on Prime Time Sports. The man knew boxing and knew how to tell a story like no other.
Davy Jones was 66. He was the singer-songwriter and actor best known as a member of the Monkees. Along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork they churned out a bunch of hits including, "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."
He's also the reason young David Jones became David Bowie.
Jan Berenstain was 88. She co-created the beloved Berenstain Bears book series with her husband Stan Berenstain. Stan passed away in 2005.
When my son was two, we spent many an evening watching The Berenstain Bears. James loved bears.
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