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The family of former NFL star, Junior Seau, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL. The family claimed Seau`s suicide was the result of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football. The lawsuit was filed on January 23, 2012, Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego blaming the NFL for its acts of omissions. Seau died at age 43 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 2, 2012. He was diagnosed with CTE, based on posthumous tests, earlier this month. According to the Associate Press, the family has made a public statement about the lawsuit, "We know this lawsuit will not bring back Junior. But it will send a message that the NFL needs to care for its former players, acknowledge its decades of deception on the issue of head injuries and player safety, and make the game safer for future generations." In addition, the family is also suing NFL helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc., claiming Riddell was "negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets." Junior Seau made his NFL debut in 1990 with the San Diego Chargers. Seau played two incredible seasons with the Miami Dolphins (20032005) and finished his career with the New England Patriots (20062009). Seau finished his outstanding career as a linebacker with 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions in 268 NFL games. I am deeply saddened for the family loss and I wish them both comfort and support during their ordeal.