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Gaines Adams dead at 26

We have some tragic news to pass along before this Sunday of football begins.

Bears defensive end Gaines Adams has died at the age of 26, according to the Greenville News in South Carolina.  NBC4 in Greenville confirms the report.

Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey said Adams was declared dead at 9AM after he was taken to an emergency room Sunday morning.

Adams was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and played his college football at Clemson.  He was drafted fourth overall by the Bucs in 2007, then traded to the Bears last year.

Coursey said Adams appeared to be in perfect health and there will be an an investigation by the Greenwood Sheriff’s Office and the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy will be performed Sunday; the cause of death is unclear.

We send our best wishes and condolences to Adams’ family.

UPDATE: We’re told that the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.

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78 Responses to “Gaines Adams dead at 26”
  1. Igottz5onit says: Jan 17, 2010 11:29 AM

    Holy Crap, I met him once at Clemson. He seemed like a nice guy. It is a shame.

  2. ihaveanoutkast says: Jan 17, 2010 11:31 AM

    Packers fan here but RIP, that’s never a good thing to hear.

  3. The Real Shuxion says: Jan 17, 2010 11:31 AM

    It always sucks when someone so young (My age) dies.

  4. TheBetterFaulk(33) says: Jan 17, 2010 11:31 AM

    Wow. RIP Gaines Adams.

  5. joshmassey says: Jan 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    Wow, that’s awful. And it will be very awkward when the Bucs are on the clock in Round 2.

  6. jamesz23 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    How terrible, so sad…..god bless him & all his family & friends.

  7. hsf09 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    WOW. It’s no longer a football issue when it comes to life and death and but Bears gave up a higher pick for him too.
    RIP Gaines Adam

  8. Boog says: Jan 17, 2010 11:33 AM

    Wow. Horrible news. My condolences to the family.
    Jerry Angelo took a gamble with a 2nd round pick on Adams because he didn’t want to pay through the nose for a DE in free agency next season. Now he’ll be paying through the nose for a DE, and the Bears are down a 2nd round pick… Horrible news for the Bears too.

  9. Alzado's Vein says: Jan 17, 2010 11:33 AM


  10. Shake N Bake says: Jan 17, 2010 11:34 AM

    WOW. Condolences to the family

  11. CutlersTripleChin says: Jan 17, 2010 11:37 AM

    wow, this is terrible news

  12. boomtownrat25 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:38 AM

    Everyone needs to stop talking about what terrible news this is for the Bears because they wasted a draft pick on him. That’s an unbelievably cruel thing to say. A persons life is worth more than the pick.

  13. Mort says: Jan 17, 2010 11:38 AM

    and before this they said the Bucs got the good end of the trade.
    That’s sad, he was a nice kid. I have to wonder what happened. A damn shame.

  14. halestorm74 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:38 AM

    Wow what a horrible thing. RIP Gaines
    Condolences to his family

  15. INTENSEG says: Jan 17, 2010 11:38 AM


  16. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    That’s awful. So young…

  17. Sasquash says: Jan 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    RIP Adams. It goes to show you, you never know when your time card is going to clock out. 26 is too young thats for sure.

  18. prophet of the light says: Jan 17, 2010 11:40 AM


  19. TheFALZ says: Jan 17, 2010 11:41 AM

    r.i.p gaines

  20. Philtration says: Jan 17, 2010 11:41 AM

    That is sad.
    Football is just entertainment.

  21. GBPackers says: Jan 17, 2010 11:42 AM


  22. billsrock1212 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:43 AM

    This just ruined my morning. RIP.

  23. Rex Grossman says: Jan 17, 2010 11:43 AM

    That’s a shame.

  24. foxylettuce says: Jan 17, 2010 11:45 AM

    RIP Gaines

  25. jx4cmario1 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:45 AM

    RIP Gaines. My thoughts go out to your family

  26. 1stngoal says: Jan 17, 2010 11:47 AM

    Rest in peace Mr. Adams and condolences to the his family and to the Chicago Bears,Buccaneers, and Clemson communities…

  27. fmax4 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:48 AM


  28. steelerfan9598 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:48 AM

    Wow. Just Wow.

  29. EskinSux says: Jan 17, 2010 11:49 AM

    Damn…..26 years old…Way too young

  30. pitt says: Jan 17, 2010 11:49 AM

    WOW! RIP Gaines Adams, another tragic football death

  31. TealDeal says: Jan 17, 2010 11:50 AM


  32. HarrisonHits says: Jan 17, 2010 11:50 AM

    You might want to wait till the guy’s been dead more than 30 seconds before you start looking at what it cost the Bears as opposed to the family and friends and the human factor involved.
    Pretty cold discussing that while the body is still warm.

  33. GoBears84 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:52 AM

    RIP. Gaines, I must say I was really looking forward into watching you transform into a really good player under rod marinelli. RIP.

  34. slipkid says: Jan 17, 2010 11:53 AM

    well lets see the autopsy report. i take it from those snippets of articles that there was no gunplay or car wreck.
    perhaps he had a heart defect. it happens.
    perhaps he imbibed something that didnt agree with him. that also happens.
    perhaps both. which also happens.

  35. GeraldKeefer says: Jan 17, 2010 11:54 AM

    Wow Seemed like a genuinely good guy. RIP Gaines.
    I don’t buy for a second that this was a heart attack. Something fishy is up.

  36. Memphis 83 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:54 AM

    Horrible news …. RIP Gaines

  37. SlimPickens says: Jan 17, 2010 11:56 AM

    Gaines dead!!!! Haiti dead!!! Whats next?

  38. Hooby says: Jan 17, 2010 11:56 AM

    horrible…he was way too young. rest in peace gaines, youll be missed.

  39. blitzburgh1 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:56 AM

    26… far too young. RIP, Gaines.

  40. wwwmattcom says: Jan 17, 2010 11:56 AM

    What the heck is going on.

  41. EagleGreen88 says: Jan 17, 2010 11:59 AM

    Seems like there’s more to this story that hasn’t come out yet. I could be wrong. Either way,it is indeed tragic. And I completely agree in that it’s ignorant to talk about what the Bears lost. Lets think about what Gaines Adams’ family lost. Way more valuable than any pick. RIP Gaines Adams,another one taken way too early

  42. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Jan 17, 2010 11:59 AM

    This is terrible. RIP Gaines.

  43. Wipackman says: Jan 17, 2010 12:00 PM

    My prayers to the family of this young man….God please comfort his loved ones !!!!

  44. Stetson wears panties says: Jan 17, 2010 12:00 PM


  45. FumbleNuts says: Jan 17, 2010 12:00 PM

    My condolences to the Gaines family. Very sad and such a young age, god bless.

  46. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 17, 2010 12:01 PM

    Awful news; just more stacked on top of the uniformly awful news coming out of the Caribbean.

  47. ninjapleazee says: Jan 17, 2010 12:01 PM

    damn.. RIP Gaines, I was hoping you’d show all the nay sayers about you being a bust.. so sad

  48. Tuscany says: Jan 17, 2010 12:02 PM

    Gone too young. My heart goes out to the family.

  49. DCViking says: Jan 17, 2010 12:03 PM

    wow — 26. Very sad.
    Don’t know what else to say but my best to the family and Bears fans.

  50. blackglass says: Jan 17, 2010 12:04 PM

    What a shame. The league us losing too many young players.

  51. 8man says: Jan 17, 2010 12:04 PM

    Agh! So sad. His life had just barely begun. May God keep his soul and give his family the strength to get past this awful turn of events.
    Cherish everyday, gang. It’s trite to say, but it is true. You just never know…

  52. pulsesteven says: Jan 17, 2010 12:04 PM

    Heart attack at 26 ? Don’t these guys ever get physicals ? Probably an enlarged heart. Just like that high school hoops player. Could be something else also, a shame.

  53. says: Jan 17, 2010 12:05 PM

    WTF!?!? That trade looked stupid to begin with, now it is literally tragic.

  54. danielcp0303 says: Jan 17, 2010 12:07 PM

    Terrible news. Thoughts are with the Adams family

  55. odell says: Jan 17, 2010 12:17 PM

    From a Bengals fan who had so many Bears fans thoughts and prayers when one of ours’ 15 Slim passed, the same goes for you, R.I.P. Gaines…

  56. abucsfan says: Jan 17, 2010 12:30 PM

    Wow, horrible thing for such a young fellow. Rest In Peace, my friend we will miss you!

  57. Jaydub says: Jan 17, 2010 12:31 PM

    RIP Gaines
    Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

  58. greasebawl says: Jan 17, 2010 12:34 PM

    What a tragedy. Although Gaines had moved on to Chicago, I was hoping for him to prove the naysayers wrong also.

  59. SpartaChris says: Jan 17, 2010 12:37 PM

    Way too soon to go. Thoughts go out to his family.

  60. Mikebrown_suckit says: Jan 17, 2010 12:38 PM

    Bengals fan here……
    Thoughts and Prayers for his friends and family and too all the Bears fans out there. Rally around the team and root for Da Bears in honor of Gaines. Way too young to go!!!!

  61. Mikebrown_suckit says: Jan 17, 2010 12:40 PM

    Bengals Fan here…
    Thoughts and Prayers go oout to his friends and family and to all the Bears fans out there. Rally around the team and support the team in honor of Da Bears. Gone way too soon!!!

  62. Eaglesblitz says: Jan 17, 2010 12:40 PM

    R.I.P Gaines

  63. Tomfoolery says: Jan 17, 2010 12:50 PM

    My first college football game was Clemson at Wake Forest back in 2006 and the best memory I had of that game was Gaines blocking a kick and returning it for a TD. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    R.I.P. Gaines

  64. brooks07 says: Jan 17, 2010 12:52 PM

    God Bless, Gaines.

  65. MuskyHunter2542 says: Jan 17, 2010 12:54 PM

    Condolences to his family, and to his fans from A Green Bay Packers lifelong fan.

  66. bearsrule says: Jan 17, 2010 12:55 PM

    Wow…I’m stunned. Football aside, he was a son, brother and friend. R.I.P.

  67. BullyBirds10 says: Jan 17, 2010 12:59 PM

    Wow, I’m very sorry for the Adams family.
    This is just sad, but life has different paths for us… just enjoy the days you have and don’t take them for granted.

  68. #1RedskinsfanDC says: Jan 17, 2010 12:59 PM

    R.I.P Gaines and your family

  69. Seaman Jelle says: Jan 17, 2010 1:05 PM

    Damn. Way too young.

  70. jd says: Jan 17, 2010 1:09 PM

    He was really starting to shine on the field. So sad.

  71. KeepDaNFLnSTL says: Jan 17, 2010 1:10 PM

    As it was said, it’s tragic when someone talks about the draft pick that was spent to bring in Gaines.
    Better yet, think back on the life that Jesus spent for ALL of us and I pray that Gaines had given his life to HIM before being taken away. THAT would be a tragic loss if he hadn’t.
    My prayers go out to Gaines’ family and their tragic loss.
    Hebrews 12: 1-3

  72. AvO156 says: Jan 17, 2010 1:20 PM

    ever since he was drafted, I’ve always wanted to see him succeed in the NFL. prayers to the family…GO BUCS!

  73. brasho says: Jan 17, 2010 1:59 PM

    I knew Gaines would be a major bust when the Bucs drafted him but I didn’t think he would go out like this. I wonder if there was any issues with substance abuse, he was always so aloof and seemingly undedicated, not to mention not very intelligent. Not meant to be a mean-spirited slam but one has to wonder… of course with his body type I wonder if he had Flo Hyman’s disease like Hank Gathers… he might have had an enlarged heart. Whatever it is, I hope he didn’t do it to himself. RIP Gaines.

  74. Farves sweet Hair says: Jan 17, 2010 2:24 PM

    What a shame! Anytime a young person dies its a shame.

  75. Shackman v2.0 says: Jan 17, 2010 4:26 PM

    RIP Gaines and condolences to his family and friends. Such a tragic loss at such a young age. Preliminary reports are the cause of death is that the young man passed away due to a heart attack caused by an enlarged heart.
    I’m not trying to sound in the least bit callous when I say this, but if this can happen to a young, world class athlete, it behooves everyone here to get to your Dr.’s office and schedule that yearly physical. It completely blows my mind to think that with all the physical testing that NFL teams do on their players that this heart problem had never been diagnosed prior to this heart wrenching situation.

  76. cover2blitz0 says: Jan 18, 2010 2:42 AM

    all the senseless draft picks and being a bust talk aside prayers and thoughts go out to the adams family and friends… he may not have been a great DE but at least from what ive heard he made up for it by being an even better person

  77. Bucforever says: Jan 18, 2010 8:16 AM

    Prayers of God’s comfort to his family.

  78. TCH4ever says: Jan 18, 2010 9:43 AM

    Yikes! So sad to hear of this. For a guy who had all the talent in the world it’s a shame we will never be able to see his true potential. Hopefully the Bucs can compensate the Bears some how some way. He seemed like a great guy and I’m sorry I never got the pleasure of meeting him. Take care Gaines.

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