Tom Brady is joining the hundreds of former teammates and players paying tribute to Demaryius Thomas. A friend found the 33-year-old former Super Bowl champion dead at his Georgia home late Thursday night. His family believes the Pro Bowler died of a medical issue, and police do not suspect foul play.
“I’m so sad to wake up this morning to hear about the passing of my friend Demaryius Thomas,” Brady tweeted. “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”
Thomas worked with Brady in 2019 during the Patriots training camp. The team released him ahead of the season but signed him in week 1. The Patriots then quickly traded Thomas to the Jets, where he ended his career.
A close friend of Demaryius Thomas said the former NFL standout died after suffering a seizure in the shower.
LaTonya Bonseigneur, a cousin who Thomas considered a sibling, told the Associated Press that the family started to worry after they couldn’t get in touch with him Thursday night.
“He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering,” Bonseigneur said. “We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him yesterday. 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, and he went into his home and found him in the shower.”
Former Broncos Teammates Remember Demaryius Thomas
The Broncos selected Demaryius Thomas as the first wide receiver taken in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in Denver for most of his career, where he racked up five straight Pro Bowl selections and won a Super Bowl in 2015.
The team said it was “heartbroken” to learn of Thomas’ death.
“We are devastated and completely heartbroken,” the Broncos said in a statement. “Demaryius’ humility, warmth, kindness, and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him.”
Thomas was one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets during Super Bowl 50, which the Broncos won 24-10 over the Panthers. Manning, a late-career transplant to Denver, said Thomas welcomed him and his family to the city. Manning said Thomas was always generous with his time for a friend or a charity event.
“He treated my kids like they were his own,” the Hall of Fame quarterback said in a statement released by the Broncos. “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.”