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Deceased Hockey Player Derek Boogaard's Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against The NHL

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Former hockey player Derek Boogaard died in 2011 from an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol, and now his family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit againt the NHL.

An autopsy revealed that the late New York Ranger suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death, which is caused by taking multiple blows to the head and suffering from concussions throughout his career.

The family's attorney William Gibbs claims the trauma caused Derek to become addicted to his pain medication, saying:

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Junior Seau's Family Suing The NFL Over His Suicide!

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Remember the sad story of Junior Seau?

He was the former NFL player who recently killed himself.

It turned out that he was suffering from a degenerative brain disease, called CTE, that lead to depression and most likely his eventual suicide.

Now, the Seau family is suing the NFL!

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Junior Seau Had Degenerative Brain Disease When He Committed Suicide

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Junior Seau's death, among others, sparked intense discussion on how to better protect and treat athletes with brain injuries.

His suicide was a shock to everyone, and we've all been wondering what exactly it was that drove him to do it. Depression? Brain injuries? What caused it all?

Well, it turns out that he had a degenerative brain disease, and the results of an NIH study of Seau's brain revealed

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Junior Seau Autopsy Results Revealed!

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Junior Seau, the former NFL star, committed suicide back in May.

Well the autopsy results have finally been revealed.

No drugs or alcohol were in his system at the time of death!

His death was ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest from a .357 revolver.

The autopsy report said:

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Jay Cutler Is Cool With Concussions

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Jay Cutler has some real talent. There's no denying that he's a world class athlete — but he gets sacked a lot.

No, not tea-bagged you pervs, he gets tackled while quarterbacking.

Defenders are always charging up the rear, hammering him. No! Not in that way! Jeez, people.

Anyway, he's always getting hit, and these guys are trying to take him down HARD. So concussions are an always present danger.

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Junior Seau Memorial And Funeral To Be Open To The Public

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It has just been announced that Junior Seau's memorial and funeral are going to be open to the general public.

The details of all the services have been released:

Thursday, May 10

5-7PM Viewing
- Calvary Chapel Oceanside
- Open to Public

Friday, May 11

10AM-12PM Memorial Service
- Calvary Chapel Oceanside
- Open to Public

1-2PM Burial
- Eternal Hills
- Open to Public

6:30-8:30PM Chargers Celebration Of Life
- Qualcomm Stadium
- Open to Public

Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church will be officiating the memorial and burial. He will also emcee for the celebration of Junior's life at Qualcomm Stadium.

All of the services and events are absolutely free admission as well as free parking.

So if you're in the San Diego area, feel free to go to the memorial or funeral and celebrate Junior's life.

R.I.P. - Junior Seau

[Image via Ramey Pix.]

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Junior Seau's Family To Donate His Brain To Science

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When Junior Seau tragically committed suicide, he shot himself in the chest.

Usually, suicide by gunshot is a self-inflicted wound to the head, but Junior did it in the chest. Was it so his brain could be studied afterwards? Possibly.

His family is planning to donate his brain to science, hopefully so researchers can learn more about the possible link between multiple blows to the head and depression/dementia.

Jacopo Annese, director of the University of California at San Diego's Brain Observatory, said:

"However ghoulish it may appear to the majority of the public, the work that is conducted postmortem is essential to validate this hypothesis, because the important clues are at the cellular-level, and we can't see these with MRI, but we can with our microscopes.

Searching for the link between traumatic injury and more subtle and insidious effects like depression, suicide and dementia has been particularly crucial in the world of sports, where unprecedented body mass and acceleration create the scenario for severe trauma if there is a collision."

Junior's sad story sounds remarkably similar to Dave Duerson's, another ex-football player. Dave committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest specifically so his brain could be studied afterwards.

Annese continued:

"What happened to Junior Seau is terribly sad. The least us scientists can do is to match his dedication to his sport and his community with our own dedication to research, finding the reasons for such tragedy, so that it does not have to happen again."

The average life expectancy of a retired football player is 58. That's crazy compared to the average of a normal American man at 75.

We really hope they can find a link between head injuries and depression. Then the NFL will have to take even more precautions when it comes to player injuries.

[Image via AP Images.]

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