Junior Seau was found dead in his California home after he shot himself in the chest
Seau could not be revived by paramedics, McCoy said.
Police: Seau death an apparent suicide
Wire: Seau was an inspiration in the NFL "This case, at this point, is being investigated as a suicide," McCoy said.
"I pray to God, 'Take me; take me; leave my son,' but it's too late," Luisa Seau said.
Seau's parents are from the island of Aunu'u, American Samoa.
"My brother was a loving brother, caring citizen," his sister, Annette Seau, said as she asked journalists to respect the family's privacy. "I know you guys will overblow this."
Seau was charged with domestic violence against his 25-year-old live-in girlfriend in October 2010 after police were called to his home.
Seau was drafted into the NFL in the first round in 1990 out of the University of Southern California. He debuted with the San Diego Chargers, establishing his Hall of Fame potential as a Pro Bowl staple.