Police recently released new information surrounding the death of former Super Bowl champion wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. A friend found the 33-year-old dead at his home on Thursday.
Police said when they arrived Thomas was lying on the floor of his shower. He’d been dead for some time. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Friday.
Thomas’ cousin LaTonya Bonseigneur said he likely died from a seizure. He’d started having them a year ago, but it’s unclear why. Bonseigneur told the Associated Press that a friend went to check on Thomas after being unable to reach him Thursday.
“He was alone, and a friend couldn’t get hold of him. So he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures. He went into his home and found him in the shower,” Bonseigneur said. “We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him (Wednesday).
“Demaryius was a great guy,” Bonseigneur added. “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). We never fathomed he would go on to do all these amazing things. He was just a kid who loved playing football.”
Demaryius Thomas would have turned 34 on Christmas day.
The NFL Mourns the Loss of Demaryius Thomas
The Denver Broncos picked Demaryius Thomas in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft after a stellar collegiate career at Georgia Tech. During his 10 years in the league, Thomas made five straight Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl in 2015. But his teammates remember him more for his humility and compassion off the field.
“D.T. was a better person than a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player,” Peyton Manning said in a statement. “He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate’s charity event. I texted with D.T. on Tuesday. He was talking about a TD audible we called vs. Arizona in 2014. Absolutely devasted.”
Thomas was one of Manning’s favorite targets during Super Bowl 50.
Thomas played most of his career in Denver but spent time with the Texans, Patriots, and Jets before he retired this summer.
“I’m so sad to wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my friend Demaryius Thomas,” Tom Brady tweeted. “We were all blessed with his humility and positive spirit, and we will all miss him. …”
Tim Tebow called Thomas’s death devastating.
“So many are going to remember him for his athletic ability,” Tebow tweeted, “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.”