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Former Georgia, NFL player Paul Oliver dies

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Justin Oliver, 29, died Tuesday in Cobb County.

Oliver was born in Kennesaw and played at Georgia from 2004 to 2006 as a cornerback.

The Chargers released the following 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.

"Oliver was drafted out of Georgia in the fourth-round of the 2007 Supplemental Draft. He didn't appear in a game until 2008, and over parts of four seasons with the Bolts, he recorded 144 tackles, four interceptions, 11 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one sack. His best season came in 2010 when he made eight starts and recorded 62 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and broke up three passes."

Cobb County police said Oliver died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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