Greenwood (AP)— Gaines Adams, an All-American defensive end at Clemson
whose career never blossomed in the NFL with Chicago and Tampa Bay, died Sunday
after going into cardiac arrest. He was 26.
He died at Self Regional Hospital after going into cardiac arrest about an
hour before at his family’s home in Greenwood, said Marcia Kelley-Clark, chief
deputy coroner for Greenwood County.
An autopsy showed an enlarged heart, a condition that can often lead to a
heart attack, Kelley-Clark added. She said relatives were unaware of any medical
Toxicology tests are being run by the State Law Enforcement Division, though
drug use is not suspected. The results probably will not be available for at
least two months, Kelley-Clark said.
Adams, 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, spent three seasons in the NFL, two with the
Buccaneers and part of this season with the Bears.