Bears DE Gaines Adams died Sunday morning in Greenwood, S.C., league sources confirmed to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi. Adams was 26.
Greenwood County Coroner Jim Coursey told WYFF that Adams went to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead Sunday morning.
Adams lived in Greenwood and played collegiately at nearby Clemson.
The Buccaneers drafted Adams fourth overall in 2007, and he had 13.5 sacks in 37 games with the team. He was traded to the Bears in October and played in 10 games.
UPDATE: Coursey told NFL Network that Adams was experiencing “health issues” Sunday morning, and his girlfriend called for an ambulance. Adams arrived at the hospital just after 8 a.m. ET and was pronounced dead in the emergency room at 8:21 a.m. Coursey said Adams had no history of health problems, so an autopsy and a toxicology report are planned to determine cause of death.