Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has died at the age of 33. Thomas' cousin LaTonya Bonseigneur told The Associated Press 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." Thomas played for the Broncos between 2010 and 2018. "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." The Broncos went on to add, "Demaryius' humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him."
Thomas retired from the NFL in June
"I'm Demaryius Thomas.
I finally came to a decision to hang it up. ... I'm going to retire and I'm going to retire a Denver Bronco," he said. "... I'm done and I did well." NFL legend Peyton Manning said Thomas was a good player but also a better person.
"DT was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player," Manning said. "That tells you how good of a person he was. He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate's charity event.
... Absolutely devastated." Georgia Tech -- where Thomas played college football -- paid a tribute to the late wide receiver. "I know I speak on behalf of the entire Georgia Tech football family when I say that we are heartbroken by the news of Demaryius's passing," Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins said in a statement.
"I first got to know Bay Bay during his recruiting process and was fortunate to be a member of the Tech football staff during his true freshman season in 2006. We have grown increasingly closer through the years. I will always remember what a thrill it was for our players when he was able to stop by and spend some time with us during fall camp this past August. Bay Bay was truly one of my favorite people. I will miss him terribly."