New details are still emerging about the NFL player Shane Oliveait’s death.
According to documents obtained by E! News on June 21, the 40-year-old San Diego Chargers star died of “hypertensive heart disease,” with the contributing cause of death attributed to “obesity.” The former athlete’s mode of death was deemed natural.
Olivea died on March 2, with the NFL team confirming her death in a report The next day.
The team paid tribute to the former lineman by recalling when Olivea was first selected to join the Chargers and by sharing the legacy he leaves behind.
“Olivea was selected by the Chargers in the seventh round (No. 209 overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft after a stellar college career at Ohio State,” the March 3 statement read. “He played four seasons in San Diego, starting in 57 of 60 games played.”
The team’s message continued: “In 2006, Olivea was an integral part of an offensive line that helped Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson break the NFL’s single-season touchdown record.”
After four years with the Chargers, Olivea was released due to a painkiller addiction, according to PA News. Once he left rehab, he joined the New York Giants, with a back injury that ultimately cut into his time with the team.