Former Denver Broncos star Demaryius Thomas dies aged 33

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thomas was part of the Broncos team who beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in February 2016

Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has died at the age of 33, the team say.

Thomas played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Broncos, making five Pro Bowls, as well as finishing second in the league for receiving yards in 2014.

He was the seventh-highest paid receiver in the NFL when he left the Broncos for the Houston Texans in March 2017.

“He was one of the best players I have ever coached,” former Broncos coach John Fox said.

“His abilities, determination and work ethic make him a Hall of Fame talent.

“He did so much for this community and he will be greatly missed.”

“Our Broncos family is devastated,” Broncos chairman and CEO Joe Ellis said.

“Demaryius Thomas was a pillar of the Broncos family for 14 years. He was an incredible representative of our franchise on and off the field, and he will be missed.

“He was a great teammate and mentor, and many of us on this team went to the same high school. He will always have a special place in the hearts of Broncos Country.”

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