Sports World Devastated by Sudden Death of Pro Bowler Demaryius Thomas at 33

NFL: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
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Many on social media are having a hard time believing the news is true but it was confirmed Thursday night by both Fox 5 Atlanta and KOA that former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has passed away.

The details are not yet clear as to what caused his death. TMZ is reporting that Thomas was found dead in his home in Roswell, Georgia and a medical issue may be the cause although nothing has been confirmed on exact cause of death yet. TMZ says police don’t believe there was foul play involved.

Thomas just announced his retirement in June from the NFL and would have been eligible for the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2026. His 34th birthday was approaching on Christmas day.

Thomas was a 2010 first round draft pick and won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos and made five consecutive Pro Bowls with the team.

Thomas spent ten years in the NFL primarily with the Broncos but also had stints with the Jets, Patriots and Texans. He played college football for Georgia Tech and was originally from Georgia.

Thomas had a difficult upbringing. When he was a child, police raided his house and his mother was sentenced to twenty years in prison and grandmother sentenced to life in prison for crack distribution. In 2015, President Obama commuted his mother’s sentence and she was freed. She saw her son play football for the first time in 2016. His grandmother was freed the following year also thanks to Obama’s sentence commutation.

Thomas’ former teammates are starting to post heartbroken messages on social media including pass rusher DeMarcus Ware. This story is developing.