ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Denver Broncos huge receiver Demaryius Thomas died from “issues of a seizure disorder,” according to an autopsy report from the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner’s workplace.
Portions of the report had been shared with ESPN on Friday. Thomas was discovered lifeless in his Roswell, Georgia, dwelling on Dec. 9 at age 33, and an autopsy was carried out the following day.
In December, the health worker’s workplace launched a press release that “the trigger and method of dying are pending the completion of laboratory research and microscopic tissue samples.” In the ultimate report, the health worker mentioned the method of Thomas’ dying stays undetermined and it was unknown if the seizure disorder was the consequence of pure causes or due to impacts to Thomas’ head throughout his NFL profession.
Last month, researchers at Boston University advised ABC News that Thomas had suffered from power traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative mind illness, however mentioned that CTE had not induced his dying. The autopsy report mentioned those self same researchers mentioned they didn’t imagine Thomas’ CTE induced the seizure disorder.
The autopsy report revealed that Thomas, who was discovered lifeless in the bathe, had traces of nicotine and marijuana in his system, however neither was listed as a contributing think about his dying.
At the time of his dying, some of Thomas’ relations mentioned publicly that he had suffered seizures for a few yr earlier than he died. Several former teammates additionally mentioned at the time that Thomas had advised them he had suffered seizures in latest months.
Thomas’ trademark smile and ever-present need to assist these in want made him one of the franchise’s hottest gamers in the group. His dying despatched shock waves by the NFL and Denver.
Thomas, who would have turned 34 on Christmas, introduced his retirement from the NFL in June 2021 with a brief video wherein he flashed a peace signal and a smile.
Thomas was the first of two first-round picks for the Broncos in the 2010 NFL draft — Tim Tebow was the different — and spent 9 seasons with the group. He completed his profession as the Broncos’ second-leading receiver (9,055 yards), behind Rod Smith. He is third in franchise historical past in catches (655) behind Smith and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.
Thomas performed in 10 seasons total with the Broncos, Houston Texans and New York Jets and completed with 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.