This is so sad. Former San Diego Chargers safety has Paul Oliver committed suicide. He was 29 years old. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family.
Report after the jump…
Former Chargers safety Paul Oliver died Tuesday night from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Georgia home, a Cobb County police spokesman said Wednesday. He was 29.
A family member reported the suicide about 6:40 p.m. on the 2000 block of Fairport Way in Marietta. His wife, Chelsea Oliver, and two juveniles witnessed the incident, according to a police report. Oliver had two children.
His family confirmed the passing in a Wednesday statement.
“We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers,” the statement read. “We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss.”
On Thursday, news of Oliver’s death spread to San Diego.
The ex-Georgia Bulldog was a 2007 fourth-round supplemental Chargers draft pick who appeared in 57 NFL games, all with San Diego from 2008 to 2011. Eight of his 12 starts came in 2010 when he recorded a career-high 59 tackles and an interception. He finished his career with 124 tackles, one sack and four picks.
“Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul,” the team said in a statement. “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.”