Demaryius Thomas died from complications of seizure disorder
Demaryius Thomas’ died from “complications of a seizure disorder” reveals the autopsy report.
Thomas was found dead in his Georgia home on Dec. 9, 2021, at age 33 by researchers at Boston University. Thomas had been suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a brain damage that can result from multiple concussions and head trauma.
The medical examiner believes it’s unknown if the seizure disorder came before or after his football career.
The family and former teammates who knew him at the time noted that he had seizures in the months leading up to his death.
Despite evidence of nicotine and marijuana in his system at the time of death, neither contributed to his death.
Demaryius Thomas was a professional football player who was an American wide receiver in the National Football League for 10 seasons. He played college football for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With Denver, Demaryius Thomas made 4 Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. He also played for the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and New York Jets.
Thomas was born in Montrose, Georgia on December 25, 1987. Growing up, he lived with his mother and grandmother before his mother faced 20 years of prison for crack cocaine distribution. Demaryius Thomas grew up living with his aunt and uncle until his mother was sentenced to prison.
Before his sentence was commuted, Thomas was called “Bay Bay,” short for Bébé’s Kids, a movie about a group of children kidnapped by their aunt. Thomas saw President Obama commute his mother’s sentence even though she was released at midnight on November 11, 2015 and he began to see him play football on January 17, 2016. Eight days after Obama upgraded the sentence of Thomas’ grandmother; Obama did the same for her grandmother too.
In December of 2021, Thomas was found unconscious at his residence in Roswell, Georgia. He was later pronounced dead by the medical examiner, just 16 days before his 34th birthday. The cause of death was believed to be a seizure, secondary to his injuries he suffered in a car crash in 2019. Police said that his death was attributed to a “medical issue”.
After his untimely death, Demaryius Thomas’ brain was donated to Boston University for examination. The ongoing research confirmed what many already had suspected: that despite his retirement, Schuler endured repeated head trauma leading to a sort of pathological burden on the CTE.