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4-Time Pro Bowler & Super Bowl Champion Ex-NFL Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas Passes Away at 33


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Former NFL standout wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was found dead at his Roswell, Georgia home Thursday night, according to police reports.

Thomas played 10 seasons in the league, primarily with the Denver Broncos and was a member of the Super Bowl 50 championship team.

The standout playmaker announced his retirement from professional football on June 28, 2021.

News of Thomas’s passing shocked the sports world late Thursday night and many tributes recognized his on and off the field accomplishments.

One of the most memorable moments of Thomas’s career was this electrifying touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Others recognized his character and admirable work with kids off the field:

Police reports don’t indicate any foul play and his death might have resulted from a medical issue.

ESPN reported:

LaTonya Bonseigneur, a first cousin who grew up with Thomas, so close they considered themselves siblings, told The Associated Press that the family believes he died from a seizure.

“He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering,” Bonseigneur said early Friday. “We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him yesterday.”

Former teammates also noted Thursday night that Thomas might have been having seizures in recent months.

The Broncos released a statement early Friday, mourning the loss of “an incredible player and a special person.”

“We are devastated and completely heartbroken by the sudden, tragic passing of Demaryius Thomas,” the Broncos said. “D.T. was beloved by our entire organization, his teammates and coaches, and our fans. Recently retiring as a Bronco, we were very much looking forward to celebrating Demaryius for years to come as one of the greatest players in franchise history.”

The Broncos went on to add, “Demaryius’ humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him.”

The New York Post notes:

“Demaryius was a great guy,” Bonseigneur said. “He came from humble beginnings. He knew God. He was raised in the church and by a close-knit family. Even though he rose to stardom, to us he was just a kid from Montrose. We never fathomed he would go on to do all these amazing things. He was just a kid who loved playing football.”

Thomas was not married and had no children, according to Bonseigneur.

Thomas was 11 when his mother, Katina Smith, and grandmother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, were arrested on drug charges.

Smith was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she refused a lesser term in exchange for testifying against her mother, who received a life sentence. Thomas wound up living with an uncle, James Brown, after Smith went to prison.

Thomas’ mother and grandmother were later freed by President Barack Obama under an initiative to reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders serving prison sentences. Smith was released in time to watch her son win a championship in February 2016 at Super Bowl 50.

Brown died on Nov. 15 of a heart attack at age 69, and Thomas attended his funeral, according to AP.

Thomas was involved in a single-vehicle car accident in 2019 and some believe his seizures may have stemmed from the incident.

As KDVR described:

Thomas died from medical complications stemming from a 2019 vehicle crash, KOA Broncos reporter Benjamin Allbright learned.

Police in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell said Thomas was found dead in his home.

“Preliminary information is that his death stems from a medical issue, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise,” a police spokesperson said in a statement early Friday.

He had been reluctant to travel lately because of the lingering complications from the crash, Allbright said.

Thomas was giving of his time and “always wanted to give back with everything he did,” including working with children, Allbright said.

“He mentioned that multiple times when he played for the Broncos, that he was so fortunate and so blessed, he wanted to make sure everybody else had a blessed life,” Allbright said.

He was a mentor to other players and welcomed people to the league, Allbright said.



 

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