Limited Details Concerning Adams’ Death

January 17th, 2010

Scant news aside from the unfortunate conclusion is filtering out of South Carolina where former Bucs first round draft pick Gaines Adams died this morning of a cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

What little news there is on the fate of the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft seems to be found from Vaughn McClure and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Adams was traded to the Bears this past season.

The 26-year-old Adams was taken to the emergency room at at Self Regional Healthcare at 7:14 a.m. Eastern time and pronounced dead at 8:21 a.m., Kelley-Clark said. Adams, who is from Greenwood, was visiting his girlfriend.

A Greenwood County Sheriff’s investigator said the house was owned by Adams and the player and his girlfriend were at the residence at the time, and she reportedly made the call to 911 at around 7 a.m.

The Associated Press reported that toxicology tests are being run by the State Law Enforcement Division, though drug use was not suspected as a factor in Adams’ death. Those results probably will not be available for at least two months, Kelley-Clark said.

“Nobody was aware of any kind of medical condition,” Kelley-Clark told the AP.

It’s really sad that, as much medical attention as NFL players receive, that an enlarged heart was not detected by some form of test or examination.

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