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Paul Oliver, former player with Chargers, commits suicide

September 25, 2013|By Dan Loumena
  • Paul Oliver stretches as he prepares for game with the Chargers against the 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Paul Oliver stretches as he prepares for game with the Chargers against… (Denis Poroy / Associated…)

Paul Oliver, a defensive back for five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, was found dead at his home in Marietta, Ga., on Tuesday night and a medical examiner ruled his death as suicide.

Police reportedly said Oliver, 29, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Oliver was signed by the Chargers after playing college football at Georgia. He did not appear in a game as a rookie in 2007, but from 2009 to 2011 he played in 45 games, starting in 12, including eight in 2010.

All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers told reporters at Chargers practice that Oliver's death was hard on them.

“You just never know; life is so short," Gates said. "My condolences and prayers go out to his family and kids."

Said Rivers: “It's sad to lose anyone, for that matter, but a guy that you played with. ... I can remember interactions with him like it was yesterday."

Wire services and Internet reports contributed to this story.


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