NFL player Gaines Adams dies of cardiac arrest at S.C. home
GREENWOOD, SOUTH CAROLINA (BNO NEWS) — National Football League (NFL) player Gaines Adams was pronounced dead at a hospital in Greenwood, South Carolina following a heart attack on Sunday morning, officials said. He was 26.
Gaines Adams was a defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the NFL and was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Self Regional Memorial Hospital.
Adams’ girlfriend found Adams early Sunday at his Dublin Street home and alerted authorities. “EMS brought him to the emergency room of Self Regional Memorial Hospital and pronounced him dead at 8.21 [a.m. local time],” Greenwood County Coroner Jim Coursey said.
The coroner described Adams as being in good health before he died and had no record of any prior health conditions.
Coursey later said an autopsy had been conducted in Anderson and concluded that Adams died of cardiac arrest. “They already opened him up and looked at it,” Coursey said, saying the autopsy was completed just after 12.30 p.m. Coursey added that Adams had an enlarged heart.
The corner said the death investigation would be concluded now a cause of death has been determined.
There was no immediate word from the NFL or the Chicago Bears on Adams’ sudden death.