Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demarius Thomas has died, according to AP News. Police in Rosewell, Georgia found him dead Thursday night at his home. The cause of death was not immediately clear, but reports suggest the cause was a medical problem. He was 33 years old at the time of his death.
DeMarias’ first cousin Latonia Bonsaignuer told the AP that the family believed the convulsions had killed him. Laturia told the media outlet that Demarias had been suffering from convulsions for more than a year. The family spoke to him on Thursday and they are not sure exactly when he left.
“He was alone and a friend couldn’t hold him, so he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures, and he went to his house and found him in the shower,” Latonia said.
The Broncos, with whom Demarias has played more than eight NFL seasons, released a statement early Friday.
“We are devastated and heartbroken by the sudden, tragic death of Demarius Thomas,” the Broncos wrote. “DT was a favorite of our entire organization, his teammates and coaches and our fans. After retiring as Bronco recently, we’ve been waiting for many years to celebrate DeMarias as one of the best players in franchise history. “
Broncos wide receiver coach Jach Azani responded to the news via Twitter. If you didn’t know, according to ESPN, Zach coached DeMarias in his final season with the team.
“I’m very sorry I’m heartbroken. I’m in complete loss, “wrote Zach.” I’m sick… I’m crying I’m just… I don’t know. Ajanni family will always love you DT. I’m glad to know you. RIP # 88. “
During the 2010 NFL Draft, Broncos officials selected Demarias as the first pick in the first round. Towards the end of his career, he became the third man in NFL history to make the most catches at 655.
This is a developing story.
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