Gaines Adams passes away at 26

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ESPN is reporting that Chicago Bears DE Gaines Adams has passed away at the age of 26

Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died Sunday morning after he was taken to a Greenwood, S.C., emergency room, the county coroner said.

Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey said Adams was taken to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. ET Sunday morning.

An autopsy will be performed Sunday by the Anderson County forensic pathologist, Coursey said.

R.I.P. Mr. Adams.

Update #1 NFL.com reports that he did indeed die of a heart attack caused by an enlarged heart. (Thanks PSDB)

Update #2: chicagobears.com report (Quote after jump)

From the chicagobears.com report:

“We are stunned and saddened by the news of Gaines’ passing,” the Bears said in a statement. “Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

Pro Football Talk updates that it's believed to be a heart attack.

Biggs confirms the same over at Chicago Breaking Sports, with the note that the Bears were intent on building their pass rush around him.

I know that a lot of us were fairly upset when we traded our pick for him, but I think we can all agree that no one should have to go so young.

Make sure you head over to Buc 'Em and check out their tribute as well.

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