ENGLEWOOD, CO – Former Denver Broncos detective Demaryius Thomas has died of “seizure complications,” according to an autopsy report from the Fulton County, Georgia, State Medical Examiner’s office.
Extracts from the report were made available to ESPN on Friday. Thomas was found dead at his home in Roswell, Georgia on December 9 at the age of 33, and the following day an autopsy was performed.
In December, the medical examiner’s office issued a statement that “the cause and manner of death are pending completion of laboratory testing and microscopic tissue samples.” In the final report, the medical examiner stated that the manner of Thomas’ death remains unknown, and it is unknown whether the seizure was due to natural causes and from blows to the head of Thomas during his career with the NFL.
Last month, researchers at Boston University told ABC News that Thomas suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, but said CTE did not cause his death. The autopsy report stated that the same researchers said they did not believe Thomas’s CTE caused the seizure.
The autopsy report revealed that Thomas, who was found dead in the shower, had traces of nicotine and marijuana in his body, but neither of them was mentioned as a contributing factor to his death.
At the time of his death, some members of Thomas’ family publicly said that he had suffered from seizures for about a year prior to his death. Several former teammates also said at the time that Thomas told them he had had seizures in recent months.
Thomas’ trademark and his relentless desire to help those in need have made him one of the most popular players in the entire community. His death shocked the NFL and Denver.
Thomas, who would have turned 34 by Christmas, announced his retirement from the NFL in June 2021 with a short video in which he flashed a peace sign and a smile.
Thomas was the first of two Broncos to be hit in the 2010 NFL draft – the second was Tim Tebow – and spent nine seasons with the team. He ended his career as the second-leading Broncos receiver (9,055 yards), behind only Rod Smith. He is the third in franchise history in a catch (655) behind Smith and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.
Thomas played a total of 10 seasons with the Broncos, Houston Texans, and the New York Jets and ended up with 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.