MARIETTA, Ga. -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide.
Cobb County investigators said the body of Oliver, 29, was found dead at his home in Marietta, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.
Police said Wednesday that Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Oliver played for the Chargers from 2007 to 2011. His best season was 2010, when he started eight times and had 62 tackles.
Oliver was a 2007 fourth-round supplemental draft pick from the University of Georgia after he was ruled academically ineligible his senior year.
Oliver was released by the New Orleans Saints after training camp in 2011 and returned to San Diego that season.
"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," said Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers
The team's tight end, Antonio Gates, remembered Oliver as an easygoing teammate who kept mostly to himself.
"You just never know; life is so short. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and kids," he said.