Some tragic news to report on today, as former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas passed away at age 33, according to Roswell, Georgia police.
Details are still coming in, but police say that Thomas was found deceased in his home, with preliminary reports indicating his death might have stemmed from a medical issue.
LaTonya Bonseigneur, a first cousin who grew up with Thomas, 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.”
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.”
“During nine seasons in Denver, Demaryius established himself as a dominant, record-setting wide receiver who was an instrumental part of two championship runs and our victory in Super Bowl 50. His legacy as a Bronco extended far beyond the playing field as a caring, generous member of our community.”
There was an outpouring of support on social media from players and coaches that he had worked with over the years. You can see some of them below:
We are devastated and completely heartbroken.
Demaryius' humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him. pic.twitter.com/0GLZIr6UP3
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 10, 2021
Woke up and saw the really devastating news about my teammate and friend, Demaryius Thomas. So many are going to remember him for his athletic ability… but I’ll be remembering him for his kindness, his smile that would light up a room, and the love he had for those in his life. pic.twitter.com/gNVzmJ503X
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 10, 2021
Im so sad to wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my friend Demariyus Thomas. We were all blessed with his humility and positive spirit, and we will all miss him. This photo is from the Hall of Fame this past August, a source of light as always. ? RIP pic.twitter.com/o3hvQN0cRz
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) December 10, 2021
I learned so much from this man…one of the most powerful & graceful & smooth athletes I’ve ever been around…and then he was funny & smart & awesome to be around too…I am in tears…I love ya, DT! ??? pic.twitter.com/KXrlucJAQ4
— JoelDreessen (@JoelDreessen) December 10, 2021
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) December 10, 2021
Devastating news. I only played with DT for a couple weeks, but he immediately made an impression. Will be missed by many ? pic.twitter.com/4iWe0gQ1ku
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) December 10, 2021
Heartbroken ? pic.twitter.com/e3EbU0aPeP
— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) December 10, 2021
Thomas, who would have turned 34 on Christmas Day, had announced his retirement from the NFL back in June with a short video with a peace sign and his characteristic smile. He was an amazing player, and he was taken from us much too soon.
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