Friday, September 27, 2013
Former defensive back Paul Oliver, committed suicide. He died from a gunshot wound. The University of Georgia football player's death marks the latest in a series of suicides committed by professional ball players. He is survived by wife and two children. High school coach Bruce Cobleigh said, "This is surprising, shocking. He was really outgoing. He was really well-liked, a leader, hard, hard worker."
A recent study published in the journal "Brain" examined the tissue of 34 pro football players post mortem. All except one showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE a brain disease that follows several hits to the head. The disease is neurodegenerative. Many of the professional football players that committed suicide had signs of CTE. In 2012, the NFL started a crisis support line for players and their loved ones.
See Josh Levs. Steve Almasy and Joe Sutton Paul Oliver's Suicide is Latest in a Sting Among Former NFL Players, CNN, Sep. 26, 2013.
Special thanks to David S. Luber (Attorney at law, Florida Probate Attorney Wills and Estates Law Firm) for bringing this article to my attention.