NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Demaryius Thomas, a former receiver for the Denver Broncos, died as a result of complications from a seizure illness, according to an autopsy.
Just over two weeks before his birthday, on December 9, 2021, Thomas passed away at the age of 33.
The 10-year NFL veteran was found to have Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive brain disorder, at the time of his demise. The Fulton County Medical Examiner, however, did not make a connection between the two diagnoses.
Death is not a direct result of CTE.
In addition, marijuana and nicotine traces were discovered during the autopsy, but neither substance was thought to have contributed to the man’s demise.
After a vehicle accident in 2019, Thomas started having seizures, and his friends and family had already observed a shift in his demeanor.
On January 11, 2015, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown during an AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. (Getty Images/Harry How)
His mother, Katina Stuckey Smith, told ABC News that occasionally, “his mood would alter, and he would also isolate himself.” “Demaryius used to say, “Mom, I don’t know what’s going on with my body,” when he would tell me something. I need to gather myself. I don’t feel like myself anymore, he added.”
Thomas participated in four Pro Bowls, appeared in two Super Bowls, and took home one championship. From 2012 to 2016, he recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in five straight seasons.
On December 12, 2021, at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, a memorial logo to the late former Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas will be displayed. (Getty Images/Justin Edmonds)
Before concluding the 2018 season with the Houston Texans, he spent 8 seasons with the Broncos. He participated in 2019 with the New York Jets. Although he joined the New England Patriots, he was never a regular season player with them.