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Former Charger Paul Oliver dies at 29

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    Posted by Josh Alper on September 25, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    The Chargers have released a statement about the death of Paul Oliver, who spent five years with the team as a safety after they drafted him the fourth round of the 2007 supplemental draft.

    “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.”

    No cause of death was noted by the Chargers, but Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reports that Oliver, who he called “a good dude,” took his own life. Oliver’s family also released a statement, via Acee’s colleague Michael Gehlken.

    “We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. We request privacy in the wake of this tragic loss.”

    The PFT team adds its condolences to the Oliver family.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/25/former-charger-paul-oliver-dies-at-29/
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    Ex-Charger Paul Oliver dies at age 29

    Former Chargers safety Paul Oliver died Tuesday evening in an apparent suicide. He was 29.

    The family confirmed Oliver's passing in a statement but did not release further details. Three independent sources close to Oliver said he took his life.

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

    Oliver was a 2007 fourth-round supplemental Chargers draft pick. He appeared in 57 NFL games, all with San Diego from 2008 to 2011, making 12 starts with 124 tackles, one sack and four interceptions.

    “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."

    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/25/paul-oliver-death-chargers-cornerback-nfl-georgia/
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    WOW, condolences to the family and friends.
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    Sad. Enjoyed watching him play when he was here.
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    Horrible, prayers to his family and him
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    Ex-Charger Paul Oliver commits suicide

    By Michael Gehlken10:45 A.M.SEPT. 25, 2013

    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."

    Oliver's death was met with shock and sadness among players, many of whom were teammates with him. Some who weren't teammates had still met Oliver, who lived in San Diego for a period of time after his playing career.

    Safety Eric Weddle learned of his death from a former teammate.

    He described Oliver as "charismatic, funny but also quiet and reserved," someone who would slip in a subtle joke and always be smiling.

    "He never said a bad word about anyone. Just a good genuine guy," Weddle said. "From the moment he got here, he was up front. Loved the game. You could always count on him. Every year, it seemed like he was a backup who could play special teams. Then he got into games, and he always played well. You'd never think of something like this happening to a guy like that. It's surreal, really. ...

    "We used to have some side jokes, and some of them still carry on today even though he's not here. Even more so now, we'll think about him every day, just what he brought to us and how he was as a person. ... I wasn't thinking about football much today; that's for sure. It's a sad day."
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    OMG, he did it in front of his family??! How tragic for all concerned.....they will never get over it.

    I know how it is to feel like death is the only way out, but to go through with it---especially with witnesses---is a level of desperation beyond anything I can even imagine. I am so sad for all of them. :cry:
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    Very sad and tragic for all involved...at 29 he had so much life ahead of him. RIP
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    Thoughts, and prayers out to the family. So tragic and sad. :(
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    I know it hard losing a family member .. Praying the family.

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