What does the official medical report say about Demaryius Thomas’s death?
Though medical reports cite seizure related complications as the official cause of death, could his stage 2 CTE have been a contributing factor?
After the sad end to his life in December of last year, the Broncos receiver’s family and fans now have some degree of clarity as to what happened to him.
Seizure related complications caused Demaryius Thomas’ death
With the final report, of the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner’s Office now made public; it’s understood that the December death of former Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas came as a result of complications related to a seizure disorder. Incidentally, the report also noted that though Thomas had stage II CTE at the time of his death, there was not “a direct relationship” between CTE and the disorder from which he suffered.
It was on December 9th, that the 33-year-old tragically passed away. A close family member explained that the family believed Thomas had died from a seizure while he was taking a shower in his home in Roswell, Georgia. As matter of fact, it is understood that Thomas had suffered from frequent seizures over the past few years. Sadly, Thomas’s young life ended just shy of his 34th birthday and just six months after retiring from the NFL. The sensational wide receiver spent a total of 10 seasons in the league before retiring in 2021.
Who was Demaryius Thomas
A first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Thomas became one of the favored targets for legendary QB Peyton Manning during his time with the Denver Broncos. Indeed, in each of the four seasons that he played alongside Manning, the wideout registered more than 90 receptions and 1,300 yards. That made Thomas, just the fourth wide receiver in the NFL’s history to surpass those two stats in four consecutive seasons. In case you’re wondering, we’re talking about the likes of Marvin Harrison, Jerry Rice and Torry Holt in terms of who else did the same. While he was with the Broncos, Thomas saw the playoffs five times including two trips to the Super Bowl with one of them ending in a win.
Thomas would ultimately spend eight-and-a-half seasons in Denver, where he etched his name into both the record books and hearts of the Broncos faithful. When the curtain came down on his tenure with the team, Thomas had accumulated the second-most receiving yards (9,055) and receiving touchdowns (60) in the franchise’s history.