Death of former Chargers safety Paul Oliver, 29, ruled suicide

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Paul Oliver, seen here in 2008, played four seasons for San Diego. (USATSI)
Paul Oliver, seen here in 2008, played four seasons for San Diego. (USATSI)

A medical examiner ruled that former Chargers safety Paul Oliver committed suicide, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday night.

Oliver, 29, was found dead in his Marietta, Ga., home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the newspaper reported.

"We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers,” the Oliver family said in a statement. “We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss."

Oliver had a standout career at the University of Georgia, and he was taken in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL supplemental draft. He made the Chargers squad as a safety and played 57 games with 11 starts from 2008-11. He accumulated 96 tackles and four interceptions during his career.

"It's heartbreaking for me personally, for our staff, for the Bulldog Nation I'm sure, and obviously for his family," Georgia coach Mark Richt said, via the Athens Banner-Herald.

Said the Chargers in a statement: “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.”

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