By Robert Klemko, USA TODAY
Junior Seau's brain, preserved by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, will be the subject of a scientific study.
The deceased NFL star's family will allow researchers to study his brain for evidence of concussion damage, according to San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell via the Los Angeles Times.
Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson last year also died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He left a suicide note asking his family to donate his brain to Boston University, where researchers learned he suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions.
Seau left no suicide note and was discovered Wednesday by his live-in girlfriend inside their Oceanside, Calif., home.
"The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," Mitchell said. "And when they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing, it was a natural occurrence for the Seau family to go forward."
Boston University researchers offered to study Seau's brain this week, though a decision on who will do it has not been made, Mitchell said.