The former National, Football League Demaryius Thomas passed away at 33, just six months after he retired from playing football. The postmortem examination revealed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as C.T.E.
The medical examiner in Fulton County, Georgia, stated on Sunday that Demaryius Thomas, a receiver for the Denver Broncos who had won the All-Pro award four times, passed away due to seizures.
Demaryius Thomas passed away on December 9 at his home in Roswell, Georgia, less than half a year after retiring from the National Football League (N.F.L.). He was 33.
In July, Thomas was diagnose with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as C.T.E., by medical professionals from Boston University who examine his brain. C.T.E. is a form of brain degeneration caused by repetitive blows to the head. The condition does not result in death and can only be diagnosed after the patient has passed away. Thomas had an automobile accident in 2019 in which his head smashed the windshield, and a piece of hydraulic rescue equipment was required to extricate him from the vehicle. The doctors claimed they suspected that this accident was the cause of Thomas’s seizure disorder.
The neuropathologist who studied Thomas’s brain, Dr. Ann McKee, concluded that it was highly improbable that C.T.E. was the cause of Thomas’s seizures and that Demaryius Thomas passed away due to suffocation following one of his seizures.
Bertram Ennett, an investigator in the office of the Fulton County medical examiner, state that the method by which Demaryius Thomas pass away was still a mystery, even though the official cause of Thomas’s death had been establish.
According to Bobby Thomas, Demaryius’s father, Thomas’s driver discovered his son lying in their home shower when he was home.
According to Bobby Thomas and other members of Demaryius Thomas’s family and his friends, Demaryius Thomas’ seizures became more frequent and severe in the year he left to live. They attacked with little prior warning, causing Thomas to crash into other automobiles and fall.
Symptoms Commonly Connected
During this period, he also struggled with symptoms commonly connected with C.T.E., such as memory loss, paranoia, and feelings of loneliness. Those closest to him reported that his conduct grew increasingly erratic and that he would go for extended periods without leaving his house or responding to phone calls or text messages.
After graduating from Georgia Tech and being select in the first round of the N.F.L. Draft in 2010, Thomas struggled with headaches throughout his career in the National Football League (N.F.L.). Thomas was take out of Super Bowl 50, the final game of the 2015 N.F.L. season, by a hit deliver by Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. Thomas’ headache was so severe that he could not attend most celebrations following the Broncos’ triumph.
When Thomas was driving his car in Denver in 2019, he was doing 70 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone when he lost control of his vehicle and flipped it many times.
The Jets For The 2019 Season
Thomas returned to the Jets for the 2019 season, which would be his last with the team. Throughout the course of the season, he participated in 11 games. He continued to exercise throughout 2020, but he called it off around the middle of the year due to the increased severity and frequency of his seizures. He did not play during the season and made his retirement official in June 2021.
Thomas spent ten years in the National Football League (N.F.L.), playing for the Broncos, the Houston Texans, and the New York Jets. He caught 724 passes for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns during that time.
In a video announcing his retirement, Thomas stated that he was still contemplating what to do next. He also stated that he wanted to create ties with anyone who could assist him.
He remarked that it wasn’t an easy decision to leave football behind. She explained her motivation by saying, “Because that’s my basic thing just wanting to find myself and put love out into the world.”