NFL World Mourns Death of Demaryius Thomas

What seemed to start as an ugly Internet rumor became a tragic reality Thursday night when reports confirmed that former NFL wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was found dead in his home in Roswell, Georgia. He was just 33.

Thomas’s first cousin LaTonya Bonseigneur, told The Associated Press that 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 Friday. “We’re not sure when he died. We just spoke with him yesterday.”

Thomas, who retired after last season, was beloved in Denver where he spent eight of his illustrious ten seasons in the NFL. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion. More importantly, he was a generous, kind person who was a favorite of teammates, fans, and media alike.

The outpouring of love from former teammates has been powerful and heartbreaking.

Peyton Manning, who played with Thomas for four season in Denver, released a statement:

“D.T. was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player. 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. I texted with D.T. on Tuesday. He was talking about a TD audible we called vs. Arizona in 2014. Absolutely devasted.”

Manning is, of course, not alone in his devastation.