Demaryius Thomas, a former NFL star who died just six months after retiring, died at the age of 33.
Demaryius Thomas, a former Georgia Tech and Denver Broncos NFL star, died on Thursday evening at the age of 33. Thomas' position coach at West Laurens High School, Jeff Clayton, confirmed the former player's death on Fox 5 Atlanta's on Thursday evening.
"I just emailed Demaryius Thomas' position coach, Jeff Clayton, while he was still at West Laurens High School."
He confirms that the rumors are correct.
Miles Garrett of Fox tweeted, "The former Georgia Tech and Broncos receiver has passed away at the age of 33."
The 33-year-old's death was attributed to a medical issue, according to police, but no further details have been released.
Thomas spent ten years in the NFL, primarily with the Denver Broncos after being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
He was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls during his time there, and he won Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers in 2015.
He had also played for the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and New York Jets for a short time.
"I'm Demaryius Thomas. I finally came to a decision to hang it up. I'm going to retire and I'm going to retire a Denver Bronco. I'm done and I did well," Thomas said on social media in June.
After learning of the star's death, NFL players paid tribute to him.
"I don't even know how to feel.-hashtag-RIP Demaryius Thomas," former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho tweeted.
"Love forever bro," Brandon Marshall wrote.
"I learned so much from this man... one of the most powerful andamp; graceful andamp; smooth athletes I've ever been around... and then he was funny andamp; smart andamp; awesome to be around too... I am in tears... I love ya, DT!" said Broncos teammate Joel Dreessen on Twitter.
I adore you, 88. You are without a doubt one of the kindest, most genuine, humble, and generous Superstars I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Hug someone you care about."