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Dies at 26

1/17/2010 2:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gaines AdamsChicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died this morning in South Carolina. He was 26.

Adams was rushed to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, S.C. where he was pronounced dead at 9:00 AM, according to ESPN.

UPDATE: Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey said the preliminary autopsy performed Sunday indicated Adams died of cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart.

The Chicago Bears released a statement that says: "We are stunned and saddened by the news of Gaines' passing. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

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16.

jeff    

steroids

1704 days ago
17.

stace    

Hearts go out to his Family and Friends. So very sad and way too young.

The man passed away from cardiac arrest because he had an enlarged heart, I doubt it was because of perscription abuse.

1704 days ago
18.

Jennifer G    

How did the team doctor not find an enlarged heart? If that is really the cause of death shouldn't it have been picked up?

1704 days ago
19.

teri    

WHY DON'T THESE OWNER OF THESE PRO TEAMS, HAVE ALL THEIR MEMBER HAVE A FULL BODY SCANS DONE. SO THEY CAN SAVE LIVES?

1704 days ago
20.

Dave    

So when wrestlers die at young age 'steroids' get plastered all over the place, in any other sport it's 'tragic' ... the heart grows too when you jack yourself up... eventually BOOM.

1704 days ago
21.

poopdick    

what a loss..he had such a big heart..lol I had to do it.

1704 days ago
22.

Ali    

#14 You wont be a great loss either when you die. Saying something like that is so callous, cold and uncaring. Life will net out to you what you dish out!

1704 days ago
23.

Connie    

...NO GREAT LOSS?....a human being has died here...where is your compassion?

1704 days ago
24.

stace    

@ #25 & 27,
My mistake, I had no idea that steriods could enlarge a person's heart.

1704 days ago
25.

MindyD    

RIP Gaines

1704 days ago
26.

Old Enough    

My prayers and sympathy to Adams' family, friends and teammates.

1704 days ago
27.

t.    

It does not mean steroids if its an enlarged heart. Even with full body scans enlarged hearts can easily be missed it can be just one valve just slightly enlarged to cause fatal problems

1704 days ago
28.

IKnowItAll    

These morons jack themselves up on HGH and other "natural" supplements that the NFL doesn't test for, they're dropping like flies and we're supposed to feel sorry for these idiots who died before their multi-million dollar salaries paid off? I'll save my sympathy for the victims of Haiti, thanks.

1704 days ago
29.

I BE DARNELL    

S T E R O I D S / K I L L !

1704 days ago
30.

dee    

It doesn't sound like pain killers. It sounds like steroids.

1704 days ago
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