NFL’s Demaryius Thomas died from seizure disorder: autopsy

NFL’s Demaryius Thomas died from seizure disorder: autopsy

Published August 7, 2022
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“It is unknown whether Mr. Thomas’ seizure disorder is a result of natural causes or a sequela of head impacts incurred during his career as a professional football player and the reviewed medical records do not include an etiology for Mr. Thomas’ seizures,” the Fulton County, Ga., coroner wrote in the autopsy, according to the Denver Post.

Last month, Thomas’ family revealed that he had stage 2 CTE when he died. The chronic brain disease, which can lead to depression and dementia, has been found in more than 300 former NFL players. The disease can only be diagnosed posthumously.

While CTE is associated with mood swings and other brain issues, “CTE itself does not cause death. You don’t die from CTE. What CTE does is it changes your behavior and your personality,” said Dr. Ann McKee, leader of Boston University’s cutting edge research center on the disease. McKee said it was unlikely the seizures were caused by CTE.

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