Last night, we learned the awful news that former star Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had passed away at the age of 33.
And this morning, we may finally have a lead as to what caused his tragic death.
Relatives told the Associated Pressthat they believe he died from a seizure that happened while he was in the shower.
Thomas’s cousin, LaTonya Bonseigneur, said he:
“He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering. We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him yesterday.”
His death was reported late last night after his body was found in his Roswell, Georgia home.
“He was alone and a friend couldn’t get ahold of him, so he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures, and he went into his home and found him in the shower.”
He would’ve been 34 on Christmas day.
Bonseigneur continued to speak high praises for cousin:
“Demaryius was a great guy. 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 (Georgia, his hometown). We never fathomed he would go on to do all these amazing things. He was just a kid who loved playing football.”
Thomas retired from the NFL back in June, after spending his final season playing for the New York Jets in 2019, playing in 11 games and starting 10.
He spent eight seasons with the Denver Broncos, after they drafted him 22nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
In 143 career games, Thomas caught 724 catches for 9,763 yards with 63 touchdowns. He made five straight Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl back in 2015.
The Denver Broncos released the following statement:
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