England, Colo. – Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died of “complications of epilepsy,” according to an autopsy report from the Fulton County (Ga.) Medical Examiner’s Office.
Portions of the report were shared with ESPN on Friday. Thomas was found dead in his Roswell, Georgia, home at the age of 33, and an autopsy was performed the next day.
In December, the medical examiner’s office released a statement saying, “The cause and manner of death are pending the completion of laboratory studies and tissue samples.” In the final report, the medical examiner said Thomas’ cause of death was undetermined and the concussion was not determined due to natural causes and the effects it had on Thomas’ head during his NFL career.
Last month, Boston University researchers told ABC that Thomas suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), but that CTE was not the cause of death. The autopsy report said the same researchers do not believe Thomas’ CTE caused the seizures.
An autopsy report showed that Thomas, who was found dead in his body, had traces of nicotine and marijuana in his system, but neither was listed as a contributing factor to his death.
At the time of his death, some members of Thomas’ family publicly stated that he had suffered from seizures for about a year prior to his death. Several former teammates also said Thomas had told them he had suffered seizures in recent months.
Thomas’ trademark smile and ever-present willingness to help those in need has made him one of the franchise’s most popular players in the community. His death sent shock waves through the NFL and Denver.
Thomas, who would have turned 34 on Christmas, flashed a peace sign and a smile in a short video announcing his retirement from the NFL in June 2021.
Thomas was the first of two first-round picks for the Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft — Tim Teow He was the other — and spent nine seasons with the team. He finished his career as only the Broncos’ second-leading receiver (9,055 yards). Rod Smith. He is third in franchise history behind Smith and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (655).
Thomas played a total of 10 seasons with the Broncos, Houston Texans and New York Jets and finished with 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.