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Woman rescued during memorial paddle-out for Seau

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:04 a.m. HST, May 07, 2012

OCEANSIDE, Calif. >> A woman has been hospitalized in serious condition after she was found face-down in the water during a Southern California tribute to former NFL linebacker Junior Seau.

Oceanside fire officials say a woman in her 50s was seen floating in the water Sunday afternoon.

Lifeguards brought the woman to shore, where she was given lifesaving efforts and taken to a hospital.

She'd joined hundreds of people who paddled surfboards and kayaks near Seau's Oceanside home in memory of the football player, who shot himself last week.

The Los Angeles Times reports that participants at Sunday’s seaside memorial included Seau’s former teammate Drew Brees, who played quarterback for the San Diego Chargers when Seau was the star linebacker.

The 43-year-old Seau committed suicide Wednesday at his home in Oceanside.Seau was an avid surfer who was often seen riding the waves in front of his home.

Fans and well-wishers formed a circle across the water and held hands while a prayer was said for him.

They also chanted Seau’s name and the number 55, his number at Southern California and during 20 years in the NFL.

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MBA_Guy wrote:
Bye Junior. We will always remember your greatness....
on May 6,2012 | 03:51PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Rest Now Son, your suffering is no more. In Your Heavenly Father's embrace now. Angles and Saints will comfort Mama and family. We will miss you dearly, your smile and your Heart.
on May 7,2012 | 04:55AM
bluemoki wrote:
Was it really suicide or made to look that way by drug dealers? He was known to have a major cocaine habit and had some shady characters around him in recent years.
on May 7,2012 | 08:29AM
honopic wrote:
"He was known to have a major cocaine habit?" By whom? Certainly nobody in the NFL, where he was subject to testing for 20 years. Why do you make accusations like this, with no proof? I'm sure you wouldn't have had the nerve to say it to Junior Seau's face, so why say it now? Do you enjoy adding more grief to his family and friends?
on May 7,2012 | 12:25PM