Former Chargers DB Oliver dead at 29

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Former San Diego Chargers defensive back Paul Oliver has died at age 29, his family confirmed Wednesday.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Oliver committed suicide.

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

Oliver last played in the NFL with the Chargers in 2011. A fourth-round supplemental draft pick in 2007, Oliver saw action in 57 games during four seasons with the Chargers. He started eight games at safety in 2010 and logged 44 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

He was with the New Orleans Saints for a short time in 2011 before re-signing with the Chargers.

"Everyone in the Chargers family is sad today after hearing the news about Paul," the Chargers 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."

The Chargers were rocked last year when former linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide.
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