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Police: Junior Seau's toxicology report delayed

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By Eric Edholm

The toxicology report for deceased NFL star Junior Seau, whose death in May was ruled a suicide, has not been received yet by Oceanside (Calif.) police, according to Lt. Joe Young.

Young, who oversaw the Seau death investigation, told PFW on Tuesday that the coroner's office was "backed up big time" and that the report likely would not be received for another 3-5 weeks. Young said he had expected to receive the results sometime last week but was told then that they would be delayed at least a month.

"I know there are a lot of people anxious to get the results," Young said. "The problem, they told me last week, is that there are active homicide investigations that have priority."

Seau was found dead the morning of May 2, shot in his home. His body was discovered by Megan Noderer, Seau's girlfriend, who immediately called 911. EMTs were unable to revive the 43-year-old Seau, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Young said that there was no indication that Seau's death was anything other than a suicide. The toxicology reports should indicate what drugs, if any, were in Seau's system the morning of his death.

Seau reportedly had struggled with sleeping for years and was reported to have tried different sleep aids. His death shocked the NFL, fans and the Oceanside community — right outside San Diego, where Seau played with the Chargers for 13 years — where he made his home. Seau also played for the Dolphins and Patriots, ending his career in New England in 2009 at the age of 40.

Young said the timetable was by no means set in stone and that unexpected delays occasionally do occur.

"Until then we're still just waiting in line for the results," Young said.

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