The cause of death of former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has been revealed.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner stated that Thomas died of “complications of a seizure disorder,” according to an official report obtained by the Denver Post.
The Pro Bowl and Super Bowl-winning wide receiver was found dead at his Roswell, Georgia, home in December, less than six months after he officially retired from the NFL.
I was 33 years old.
Thomas’ family announced last month that doctors at Boston University’s Center for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) posthumously diagnosed the football star with stage 2 CTE, which has been associated with symptoms including paranoia and depression. Stage 4 is the most serious.
Fulton County Medical Examiner Karen Sullivan said the cause of Thomas’ seizure disorder is unclear, according to the official report.
“It is unknown whether Mr. Thomas’s seizure disorder is the result of natural causes or a sequela of head impacts sustained during his career as a professional football player and the medical records reviewed do not include an etiology for the seizures of the Mr Thomas.”
OBIT: Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Demaryius Thomas dies at 33
DEMARIO THOMAS: Former NFL wide receiver had stage 2 CTE at the time of his death
WHO WAS MARYIUS THOMAS? Super Bowl-winning wide receiver starred for the Broncos, made five Pro Bowls
Thomas’s cousin, LaTonya Bonseigneur, told the Associated Press late last year that the former wide receiver had been having seizures for more than a year before his death. She said the family believed Thomas had died after having a seizure.
According to a news release from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which facilitated the testing of Thomas’s brain, BU doctors believe the seizures are likely not associated with CTE. Family and friends told the New York Times that Thomas began having seizures in the fall of 2020, about a year after he was involved in a serious car accident in Denver.
“I had two different conditions running in parallel,” Ann McKee, director of the BU CTE Center, told the New York Times.
Thomas won a Super Bowl and earned five Pro Bowl nominations over the course of 10 NFL seasons, most of which were spent with the Denver Broncos. He also had brief stints with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and New York Jets. In all, he caught 724 passes for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns as a pro.
Collaboration: Tom Schad