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The autopsy of former Denver Broncos recipient Demaryius Thomas revealed he died of complications from a seizure disorder.
Thomas was 33 when he died on December 9, 2021, just over two weeks before his birthday.
It was revealed that the 10-year NFL veteran had stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, at the time of his death. However, the Fulton County medical examiner saw no connection between the two diagnoses.
CTE does not directly cause death.
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The autopsy also showed traces of nicotine and marijuana in his system, but neither was said to have played a role in his death.
Thomas started having seizures after a car accident in 2019, and friends and family had noticed a change in his behavior.
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“His mood would change and he would also isolate himself at times,” his mother, Katina Stuckey Smith, told TSWT News. “Demaryius would tell me, he said, ‘Mom, I don’t know what’s wrong with my body. I have to get myself together.’ And he said, ‘I don’t feel like myself anymore.'”
Thomas was a four-time Pro Bowler, playing in two Super Bowls and winning one. He set up at least 1,000 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons from 2012-2016.
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He played 8½ seasons with the Broncos before concluding the 2018 season with the Houston Texans. He played for the New York Jets in 2019. He signed with the New England Patriots, but never played in a regular season game for them.