The San Diego Chargers today confirmed the death of former defensive back Paul Oliver, who reportedly took his own life at the age of 29.
Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning. “Former Charger Paul Oliver is dead at 29. Committed suicide,” Acee wrote. “A good dude. Always enjoyed talking to him. Dang, this is sad.”
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Chargers said, “Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul. He was part of our family for five years. At just 29 years old, he still had a lifetime in front of him. Right now all of our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.”
A standout safety at the University of Georgia, Oliver was selected by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2007 supplemental draft. He played in 57 games for San Diego over four seasons before joining the Saints for a practice squad stint in 2011. Oliver returned to the Chargers briefly, but was out of the NFL for good following the 2011 season.
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