Bears DE Gaines Adams Dead at 26

No. 4 pick in 2007 NFL draft suffered cardiac arrest
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2010 1:30 PM CST
Bears DE Gaines Adams Dead at 26
Gaines Adams (90), then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and teammate Greg Peterson pressure New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees (9), Nov. 30, 2008, in Tampa. Adams has died at 26, the Bears said today.   (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

(Newser) – Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died early this morning in South Carolina. He was 26. Adams, the Buccaneers' first-round draft pick in 2007, suffered cardiac arrest resulting from an enlarged heart, the local coroner said. The condition had not been diagnosed, and he had no known medical issues. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Adams was an All-American at Clemson.

"It's crazy," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who became Adams' teammate after an October trade, told the Chicago Tribune. "You just don't know how to handle it. It's just sad, man. It's a bad deal." (Read more Gaines Adams stories.)

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