Former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas Died Due to Complications from Seizure Disorder

Former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas Died Due to Complications from Seizure Disorder

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The death of former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas at age 33 in December was the result of “complications of a seizure disorder,” according to an autopsy report released to the public Friday.

Kevin Vaughan and Mike Klis of 9NEWS Denver provided more information.

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NEW: Old @Broncos TE Demaryius Thomas died of “complications of a seizure disorder,” according to the autopsy report released just now. The medical examiner cannot conclude whether it is “the result of natural causes or a consequence of head injuries” from his football career. #9NEWS @9WantToKnow

Thomas played in the NFL for 10 seasons, making four Pro Bowls and winning two AFC titles and one Super Bowl. He posted five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Denver Broncos from 2012 to 2016.

The former Georgia Tech star played more than eight years in Denver before being traded to the Houston Texans in 2018. He finished his playing career with the New York Jets in 2019.

According to Ken Belson of New York TimesBoston University researchers posthumously diagnosed the recipient with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

CTE, as it is more commonly known, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as the term “used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head trauma.”

It is unclear what factor CTE played in Thomas’s death.

Thomas suffered seizures after a car accident in 2019. Dr. Ann McKee, the BU pathologist who studied Thomas’s brain, said the seizures were not usually associated with CTE.

“I had two different conditions running in parallel,” said Dr. McKee.

Ultimately, the autopsy report reiterated McKee’s position on the matter, that there is no evidence of a relationship between CTE and the development of a seizure disorder.

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The Fulton County Medical Examiner said that in the opinion of the Boston University physician, regarding Demaryius Thomas, “there is no direct relationship between (CTE) and the development of the seizure disorder.”
BU had determined that Thomas had stage 2 CTE. #9 sports

Additionally, McKee previously noted that CTE does not cause death.

“CTE itself does not cause death,” he said for ABC News. “You don’t die from CTE. What CTE does is change your behavior and your personality.”

Thomas’s loved ones noticed a change in behavior.

“Those closest to him said his behavior became increasingly erratic in the last year of his life, which was marked by memory loss, paranoia and isolation that are hallmarks of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease degenerative disease related to repeated blows to the head,” Belson said. he wrote.

Thomas was arguably one of the most beloved players in the NFL during his time in the league. There was no shortage of comments about his tremendous character in the days and weeks that followed his death.

“Demaryius stopped to take some time to see, notice and visit ordinary people,” Cindy Trollinger, chairwoman of the board of the Bountiful Hope Foundation Thomas worked with, told Sean Keeler of the Denver Post. “This is what is so special about Demaryius and it makes me cry with gratitude.”

Many of his teammates made public comments, including Super Bowl champion DeMarcus Ware.

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“I’m just trying to spread the love”, Thomas once said remembering his time giving back to the children of the Denver community.

DT made a huge impact through its platform, notably by attending Boys and Girls Club events, packing holiday gifts, and organizing soccer camps, among other charities.

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