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Former Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas’ autopsy revealed he died of complications from a seizure disorder.
Thomas was 33 when he died on 9 December 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 reportedly played a role in his death.
Thomas began 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 sometimes,” his mother, Katina Stuckey Smith, told ABC News. “Demaryius would tell me he said, ‘Mom, I don’t know what’s going on’ with my body. I have to pull myself together.’ And he said, ‘I don’t feel like myself anymore’.”
Thomas was a four-time Pro Bowler, played in two Super Bowls and won one. He posted at least 1,000 receiving yards in five straight seasons from 2012-2016.
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He played 8½ seasons with the Broncos before finishing 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.