Demaryius Thomas had the degenerative mind illness often known as continual traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, which is linked to repeated blows to the pinnacle, in accordance with an announcement Tuesday by docs from Boston College who had been learning the previous NFL star’s mind.
Thomas was discovered useless in his Roswell, Georgia, dwelling this previous Dec. 9, simply 15 days earlier than his 34th birthday. On the time, his household believed seizures, which Thomas had battled since a 2019 car crash, might have led to his dying. The coroner’s workplace in Fulton County, Georgia, has not but dominated on the reason for dying.
However neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, who was a part of the Boston College analysis workforce, mentioned Thomas most definitely died after having a seizure — a situation not typically related to CTE.
“CTE itself doesn’t trigger dying. You do not die from CTE,” McKee informed ABC Information. “What CTE does is it modifications your habits and your character.”
Members of the family say that along with the seizures which started in 2020, Thomas additionally struggled with what has come to be often known as frequent situations related to CTE: reminiscence loss, paranoia and different erratic habits, particularly within the final yr earlier than he died.
“His temper would change, and he would additionally isolate himself generally,” Thomas’ mom, Katina Stuckey Smith, informed ABC Information. “He was, like, ‘Mother, I do not know what is going on on with my physique. You understand, I gotta get myself collectively,’ and he mentioned, ‘I do not really feel like myself anymore.’”
A primary-round choose in 2010 out of Georgia Tech, Thomas performed 10 seasons within the NFL. He spent 8½ seasons with the Denver Broncos, with whom he received two AFC championships and a Tremendous Bowl. The four-time Professional Bowl receiver additionally performed with the Houston Texans and New York Jets, ending his profession with 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.
Thomas retired from the NFL in June 2021.