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Boston University researchers revealed Tuesday former All-Pro wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) late in his life, according to The New York Times.

Thomas was found dead in his home in Roswell, Ga., on Dec. 9, 2021, at age 33. At the time, the receiver’s family believed his death was related to seizures that Thomas had faced since a ’19 car crash. Boston University researchers still believe that he most likely died after a seizure, but the coroner’s office in Fulton County, Ga., has not yet ruled on the cause of his death.

“[Thomas] had two different conditions in parallel,” Dr. Ann McKee, the neuropathologist who studied Thomas’s brain, said.


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