Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas found dead at 33
Former Denver Broncos NFL star Demaryius Thomas was found dead at 33, prompting tributes from the team and other players.
Thomas was discovered at his home in Georgia on Wednesday, with early indications that he died “of a medical problem” according to investigators.
The 2015 Super Bowl winner retired earlier this year.
“DT was loved by our entire organization, his teammates, his coaches and our fans,” the Broncos said in a statement.
“We are devastated and heartbroken by this sudden and tragic passing.
“For nine seasons in Denver, Demaryius established himself as a dominant and record wide wide receiver who was instrumental in two championship races and our Super Bowl 50 victory.
“His legacy as the Bronco has extended far beyond the playing field as a caring and generous member of our community.
DT loved giving back – especially spending time with the kids – and had an impact in countless lives through the Broncos Boys and Girls Club, hospital visits, its annual football camp and many other genuine interactions. Demaryius’ humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him. “
Thomas held several records with the Broncos, including most receiving yards in one season (1,619) and in one game (226), as well as most receiving touchdowns in a season (14).
He had also played for the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Police said: “Preliminary information indicates that his death was the result of a medical problem, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise.”