Demaryius Thomas’s Death Was Caused by Seizure Disorder

Demaryius Thomas, a four-time All-Professional receiver with the Denver Broncos, died of issues from seizures, the health worker in Fulton County, Ga., stated Sunday.

Thomas died Dec. 9 at his dwelling in Roswell, Ga., lower than six months after he retired from the N.F.L. He was 33.

In July, medical doctors at Boston College who examined Thomas’s mind discovered that he had C.T.E., or persistent traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative mind illness related to repeated head hits. The illness, which may solely be posthumously recognized, doesn’t trigger dying. Medical doctors stated they believed Thomas’s seizures had been introduced on by a 2019 automotive crash during which his head cracked the windshield and a hydraulic rescue software was wanted to take away him from the car.

Dr. Ann McKee, the neuropathologist who examined Thomas’s mind, stated it will have been extremely unlikely for C.T.E. to trigger his seizures, and Thomas probably died of suffocation after a seizure.

Whereas the reason for Thomas’s dying was formally decided, Bertram Ennett, an investigator within the Fulton County health worker’s workplace, stated the way during which he died was nonetheless undetermined.

Thomas’s driver discovered him mendacity within the bathe in his dwelling, in accordance with Bobby Thomas, Demaryius’s father.

Bobby Thomas and different relations and mates stated Demaryius Thomas’s seizures had grow to be extra quite a few and pronounced within the closing 12 months of his life. They attacked with little or no warning and led Thomas to wreck different vehicles and fall down steps.

On the identical time, he suffered from a number of the situations related to C.T.E., together with reminiscence loss, paranoia and isolation. His habits grew to become more and more erratic, these closest to him stated, and he went lengthy stretches with out leaving his dwelling or responding to calls and textual content messages.

Thomas handled complications throughout his N.F.L. profession, which started in 2010 when he was drafted within the first spherical out of Georgia Tech. In Tremendous Bowl 50, which concluded the 2015 season, Thomas was leveled by Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly throughout the sport and had a headache so dangerous that he missed a lot of the events after the Broncos’ victory.

In 2019, Thomas had been driving 70 miles per hour in a 30 m.p.h. zone in Denver when he misplaced management and flipped his automotive a number of instances.

Thomas returned to play the 2019 season, his closing one, with the Jets, showing in 11 video games. He continued figuring out in 2020, however stopped coaching halfway by the 12 months as a result of the frequency of his seizures elevated. He sat out that season and formally retired in June 2021.

Thomas performed 10 seasons within the N.F.L., with the Broncos, the Houston Texans and the Jets, catching 724 passes for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.

In a video asserting his retirement, Thomas stated he was nonetheless deciding what to do subsequent and seemed to construct relationships with anybody who may assist.

“It ain’t easy leaving football,” he stated. “Because that’s my main thing, just trying to find self and put out love.”