Cause of death for ex-Broncos star Demaryius Thomas released by medical examiner in Georgia

The death of former Broncos recipient Demaryius Thomas in December was caused by complications related to a seizure disorder, according to the final report from the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner’s Office.

The report, obtained by 9news.com in Denver, noted that Thomas had stage II CTE when he died, but also the coroner definitely noticed that there was no “direct relationship” between CTE and the seizure disorder.

33-year-old Thomas tragically died on December 9th. At the time of his death, one of his close relatives told the Associated Press that it was believed Thomas had died of a seizure. Thomas had suffered from frequent seizures over the years, and the family believed he had had a seizure while taking a shower at his home in Roswell, Georgia.

Thomas died just 16 days before his 34th birthday. The former Broncos receiver spent 10 seasons in the NFL and he had just retired in June 2021, just six months before his passing. Thomas had a prolific career with four Pro Bowl appearances. The receiver had such a successful career in Denver that the team honored him for a week 3 game last season.

During his time in Denver, the Broncos went to the playoffs five times, including two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win.

Thomas, who was first round in 2010, saw his Broncos career take off two years later with the arrival of Peyton Manning. In four years with Manning, Thomas racked up 90 receptions and 1,300 yards in each season, making him just the fourth receiver in NFL history to surpass those two numbers in four consecutive seasons (Marvin Harrison, Jerry Rice, and Torry Holt are the only other three pull that off).

Before Manning’s arrival, Thomas had Tim Tebow as his quarterback, and the two helped create one of the wildest plays ever. In a game in which the Broncos were a 7.5-point underdog, Denver was able to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers thanks to an 80-yard TD pass from Tebow to Thomas in overtime that sealed the win.

During his eight-and-a-half seasons with the Broncos, Thomas etched his name into Denver’s all-time record book. Thomas finished his Broncos career with the second most receiving yards (9,055) and receiving touchdowns (60) in franchise history. He also has the third most receptions in the team’s history.

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