Demaryius Thomas died of problems from seizures, based on an post-mortem report

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died of “complications from a seizure disorder,” according to an autopsy report from the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner’s Office.

Portions of the report were shared by ESPN on Friday. Thomas was found dead at his home in Roswell, Georgia on December 9 at the age of 33, and an autopsy was performed the next day.

In December, the medical examiner’s office issued a statement that “the cause and manner of death are pending laboratory tests and microscopic tissue samples.” In a final report, the medical examiner said Thomas’ manner of death remains undetermined and it is unknown whether the seizure disorder was due to natural causes or the blows to Thomas’ head during his NFL career.

Boston University researchers told ABC News last month that Thomas had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, but said CTE did not cause his death. The same researchers said they did not believe Thomas’ CTE caused the seizure disorder, according to the autopsy report.

An autopsy report revealed that Thomas, who was found dead in the shower, had traces of nicotine and marijuana in his system, but neither was implicated as a contributing factor in his death.

At the time of his death, some members of Thomas’ family said publicly that he had been suffering from seizures for about a year before his death. Several former teammates also said at the time that Thomas had told them he had suffered seizures in recent months.

Tom’s trademark smile and constant willingness to help those in need have made him one of the most popular franchise players in the community. His death sent shock waves through the NFL and Denver.

Thomas, who would have turned 34 at Christmas, 2021. announced his retirement from the NFL in June with a short video that flashed a peace sign and a smile.

Thomas was the first of the Broncos’ first two draft picks in 2010. in the NFL draft. Tim Tebow was another – and spent nine seasons with the team. He finished his career as the Broncos’ second-leading rusher (9,055 yards), trailing only Rod Smith. He is third in franchise history in catches (655) behind Smith and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.

Thomas played a total of 10 seasons with the Broncos, Houston Texans and New York Jets and had 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.

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