Former NFL Player Shane Olivea's Cause of Death Revealed
New details are still emerging about NFL player
According to documents obtained by E! News on June 21, the 40-year-old San Diego Chargers star died from "hypertensive heart disease,"
with the contributory cause of death attributed to "obesity." The former athlete's manner of death has been ruled as natural.
Olivea passed away on March 2, with the NFL team confirming his death in a statement the following day.
"Olivea was selected by the Chargers in the seventh round (No. 209 overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft after a standout collegiate career at Ohio State," the March 3 statement read.
After four years with the Chargers, Olivea was discharged due to a painkiller addiction, according to
Once he left rehab, he joined the New York Giants, with a back injury ultimately cutting his time with the team short.
"I'll never forget the kindness he showed to a young freshman who was clueless and didn't know anything about anything. #RIPShane #Thankyou."
The vice president of the NFL,
, shared photos of Olivea on the field in his Chargers uniform, tweeting: