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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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44. Good to see TMZ Sports broke this like 60-90 minutes after everyone else (sarcasm). You guys are on the ball for most news... but Sports News... you have to get your butt in gear... I kept refreshing waiting to see how long it took. I gave up after realizing TMZ Sports isn't worth my time right now. I'm excited for the day TMZ actually starts breaking sports news instead of just posting it an hour after everyone else is talking about it. Heck, you could have at least got a pic of him in a Bears uniform.

Posted at 5:27PM on Jan 17th 2010 by Scott

Soon you won't have to worry anymore because very soon TMZ is going to open a new website in addition to this one. And the new website will be sports only.

1738 days ago


Aren't these guys routinely checked by team doctors?? You think they would be, with all of the millions of $$ at stake. I can't imagine Gaines didn't have any symptoms. Didn't any of the team doctors know he was having problems???

Posted at 7:51PM on Jan 17th 2010 by t

That's exactly why they're not routinely checked, because of the millions of $$ at stake. The steroids often increase you're playing ability for years before the ill side effects start showing up. Same with professional baseball.

1738 days ago


How tragic. He didn't even have a chance to grow up and enjoy looking back on his NFL career.

1737 days ago

Brent A. Blomquist    

Years ago I had a co-worker who was 17 and diagnosed with an enlarged heart. He was waiting for a transplant, but it did not come in time. This was a purely medical condition, so don't throw in all these drug and steroid comments. It may have nothing to do with it.

1737 days ago


EVERYONE DIES OF CARDIAC ARREST #41...REALLY? Meaning ur heart stops! RIP Gains Adams! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

1737 days ago


When everyone says " My prayers are with his family" are they really spending the time praying for his family or is that just something they think sounds deep or spiritual....tired of seeing and hearing everyone say this…you know you are not praying for this guys family- So cliché’ - Like thanking God for the grammy

Also, very sad story.

1737 days ago


Always get a yearly checkup, along with an echogram and EKG. It can save a life.

1737 days ago


gaines adams, how does it feel to get sacked by heart!

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