The cause of death of former NFL wide receiver DeMarius Thomas has been revealed.
According to an official report obtained, the Fulton County medical examiner announced Thomas died of “complications of epilepsy.” Denver Post.
The Pro Bowl and Super Bowl wide receiver was found dead at his home in Roswell, Georgia, in December, less than six months after he officially retired from the NFL.
He is 33 years old.
Thomas’ family announced last month that doctors at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center diagnosed the football star posthumously with stage 2 CTE, which is associated with symptoms such as paranoia and depression. Stage four is the most serious.
According to the official report, Fulton County Medical Examiner Karen Sullivan said the cause of Thomas’s seizures was not known.
“It is unclear whether Mr Thomas’ epilepsy was a natural cause or a sequelae of a head blow during his career as a professional footballer, and the medical records reviewed did not include the cause of Mr Thomas’ seizures.”
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Thomas’ cousin LaTonya Bonseigneur told Associated Press Late last year, the former wide receiver had a seizure for more than a year before he died. The family believes Thomas died after having a seizure, she said.
According to a press release from the Concussion Heritage Foundation, which facilitates Thomas’s brain tests, BU doctors believe the seizures may not be related to CTE. Family and friends told The New York Times that Thomas started having seizures in the fall of 2020, about a year after he was involved in a serious car accident in Denver.
“He had two different conditions at the same time,” Ann McKee, director of the BU CTE Center, told New York Times.
Thomas won the Super Bowl and won five Pro Bowls in 10 seasons in the NFL, most of which were spent with the Denver Broncos. He also served briefly with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and New York Jets. All told, he completed 724 passes for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns as a pro.
Contributor: Tom Shad