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Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas found dead at 33

Alexander Netherton
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The Denver Broncos star had retired in June.

Former Denver Broncos NFL star Demaryius Thomas has been found dead at 33, leading to tributes from the team and fellow players.

Thomas was discovered at his home in Georgia on Wednesday, with early indications that he died ‘from a medical issue’ according to investigators.

The 2015 Super Bowl winner had retired earlier this year.

"DT was beloved by our entire organisation, his team-mates, coaches, and our fans," the Broncos said in a statement.

"We are devastated and completely heartbroken by the sudden, tragic passing.

"During nine seasons in Denver, Demaryius established himself as a dominant, record-setting wide receiver who was an instrumental part of two championship runs and our victory in Super Bowl 50.

"His legacy as a Bronco extended far beyond the playing field as a caring, generous member of our community.

"DT loved giving back — especially spending time with children — and impacted countless lives through the Broncos Boys and Girls Club, hospital visits, his annual football camp and many other genuine interactions. Demaryius' humility, warmth, kindness and infectious smile will always be remembered by those who knew him and loved him."

Thomas held several records with the Broncos, including the most receiving yards in a season(1,619), and in a game (226), as well as the most touchdown receptions in a season (14).

He had also played for the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Police said: "Preliminary information is that his death stems from a medical issue, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise."