The news of former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ sudden death shook everyone on Friday as news emerged that he was found dead in his Roswell, GA apartment on Thursday night.
“Preliminary information is that his death stems from a medical issue, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise,” Officer Tim Lupo, pubic information officer for the Roswell police department told reporters.
Demaryius Thomas’ cousin, LaTonya Bonseigneur, told the AP that the family believes the medical issue was a seizure.
“He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering. He was alone and a friend couldn’t get hold of him, so he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures, and he went into his home and found him in the shower.”
The Broncos are set to pay tribute to Thomas on Sunday. Beginning at 10 a.m. MT, there will be a memorial on the south side of the stadium in Ring of Fame Plaza where fans can stop by and pay their respects.
The Broncos will also play a tribute video and hold a moment of silence before the national anthem prior to kickoff. There will be a No. 88 logo painted on the field on the Broncos’ sideline, as well.
“There’s still 10 players on this team that played with him,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said. “A bunch of coaches that coached him, including [Running Backs Coach] Curtis Modkins, who recruited him to Georgia Tech and was one of his college coaches besides being on the staff here in 2018 with him.
“We have over 40 workers in the organization and the support staff that were around him,” Fangio continued. “Just seeing and feeling their reaction and hurt just tells you what a special player D.T. was. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but [him being] a special player and a special person is obvious by their responses.”
NFL players and fans immediately took to social media to share their condolences and fond memories of Thomas. Here a few highlights: