Gaines Adams Dies at 26

Full story: here.

This is very sad news.  Adams was the source of great debate on this website and of Bears fans around the country.  But no young man should leave this world after only twenty-six years.

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  • First bitches!

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    you're a such a little cocksucker. Karma will come you fucking idiot.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Sorry to offend your sensibilities, Spaniard.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    RIP Gaines Adams...It

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Lately, it seems like every day is a sad day for Bears fans

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Yikes. I was hard on the kid, because he didn't look look out there in those last few games. I was really hard on Maranelli for going and trading a pick for him.

    But hey, in the end, it's a sport. A tough sport, but not unlike life these days in corporate america, where once you stop cutting it, you get thrown to the street. Nobody, however, should treat the NFL as life or death. Sad.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Here in Spain we have had bad luck lately with sudden deaths of soccer players (Sevilla's Antonio Puerta during a game, Espa

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    RIP, Papa Bear has another DE now...

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Stay classy, teddie.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You're just mad you weren't first bitches!

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Hope you aren't an actual fan and are just some douche that jumped in to say, "first," moron!!

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    dude you are out of control.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    What just because this thread is about some guy that died I'm not allowed to do first? Lots of people die every single day. In fact, every 7 seconds someone dies. Why is Gaines Adams so special?

    Sorry he died, boohoo, you are all going to die someday too.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    And why would I come here if I wasn't a fan?

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Whatever, teddie. When you figure out the answer to that question, you let us know.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    shout-out to Lil' Big Buddy for the upset of the year. So when Norv Turner gets fired for offensive stupidity, can we get Ron Rivera back? lol

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Thanks for that Jeff.

    Not to any focus away from GA

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    R.I.P. Gaines, you achieved a lot in your short life. Enjoy the light. Feel free to censor the idiots, Jeff.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    R.I.P. Mr Adams may your family find strength in this darkest of time.Bear Nation flag is at half mast today.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Condolences go out to Gaines' family. Bears nation mourns your loss, but we feel it too because we are all family!!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    By the way..many times about the Heart you have no idea about it..

    from NFL.com
    An autopsy conducted Sunday showed Adams had an enlarged heart, a condition that Greenwood County chief deputy coroner Marcia Kelley-Clark told The Associated Press can often lead to a heart attack. But Adams' relatives didn't know about it.

    "Nobody was aware of any kind of medical condition," Kelley-Clark said.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    That kid from Southern Indiana (Jeron Lewis) dropped dead during a hoops game just last week - undisclosed heart condition.
    I think people treat it as a larger tragedy because athletes are supposed to be indestructible. When they die, it really digs at your own sense of mortality.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    RIP Gaines... Thats terrible... This is unbelievable & a complete travesty... But this is beyond football & prayers should go out to the Adams family... I just can't believe this & I hope for the best to the Adams family & bear fans... Just terrible...

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    Max, in the end when it really counts, you are a good man, aren't you?

  • In reply to MadMaxRockatansky:

    Not going to advertise doing something like this up above. I'm sending this letter to the Tribune tonight and they'll get it to the family. I'm not going to list your handles, as I think it would be a bit confusing for people, but I have included some of your direct comments. I apologize if I didn't select yours but I wanted to select a nice range.

    To the family of Gaines Adams,

    DaBearsBlog has been around for about five years now and I don

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    clutch move Jeff. gestures like this make it a pleasure to be a part of this site.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thankyou Jeff. I really am thankful for your kindness and sensitivity.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thanks, Jeff

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Blogfather...this is why we all are loyal to you friend..

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    This is the first time I've felt the need to comment.
    That is a respectful and classy bit of writing, Jeff. Kudos.
    I just hope that if the family of Gaines Adams visit this site, they don't read the first comment. There are some very touching comments here, and then there are some that aren't. Free speech and all that, but I'd be pretty sick if I read "First Bitches!" on a blog entry remembering my son / brother / friend / teammate etc.
    $0.02. RIP Gaines Adams.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    An EKG costs about $50, according to an article in SI, but in order to tell whether an enlarged heart is due to disease or normal condition of an athlete takes a specialist trained in telling the difference.

    Curious other point mentioned -
    Dr. Paul D. Thompson, a cardiologist at Hartford and an elite marathoner in the 1970s, says that he sees a lot of athletes, and it can be very difficult at times to differentiate "athlete's heart" from a diseased heart. Thompson only knows about Adams's case what he has read in the news, but he says that Adams's underwhelming performance on the field piqued his interest, even though most people with HCM have no obvious symptoms. "When people aren't performing well," Thompson says, "you want to think of HCM." The thickening of the heart wall in HCM impairs the heart muscle's ability to relax to allow blood in, which can result in symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. In fact, struggling athletes with HCM are often in danger of getting a misdiagnosis of asthma.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I have a friend with an enlarged heart. If you have one, you know you have one. Poor guy should have told someone, but I don't think there's much you can do.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    This Vikings-Cowboys game is like Hitler fighting Stalin. I don't know who to root for/against...

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Cowboys but it's a close one. And they have to lose in the next round.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Hey all -

    Something felt strange about putting up funny pictures today. So I kept them out.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    God Call

    I'm assuming the Bears will have #99 stickers on their helmets next season. Hope NFL does something for next week matches (I don't remember if they did anything when Chris Henry died earlier this season).

  • In reply to SpanishBear:

    I meant Good Call...

  • In reply to SpanishBear:

    AP reports the coroner says enlarged heart.

    Many reasons for that, here are the four main types:
    http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/enlargedheart.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks for that info. Makes sense now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope that Tampa didn't know about this condition and keep it to themselves. God help them if they did.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Very sad...our prayers and condolences from the Money Smart Radio staff to the Adams and Bears family. He left us too soon.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    My god. what a shock. So amazingly sad. RIP GA.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff, very appropriate. All of us I'm sure feel the same way. Maybe there is something this group of bloggers can do for his family. Just a thought.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm in - just let me know.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Maybe Jeff can send a condolence letter on behalf of the blog and he can include all of our handles. He was a Bear and I think his family would appreciate that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Does the NFL award draft picks for death?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In hope that his friends and family can live off of his memories in peace. Use his life to inspire their own. And be great.

    May God bless you who know and love him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What a damn shame. RIP Gaines. A somber end to an already depressing season of Bears football.

    In other news, the Vikings are dominating the Cowboys and Favre is on fire. Gotta give the guy credit...he is playing unreal this year. On top of that, the Minny DLine seems to have reawoken. They have dominated the Dallas oline all day long.

    I just hope the Saints bring in next week.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    my co-worker once said he'd take Romo over Cutty any day of the week. yea....how's that working out?

    R.I.P. Gaines

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    My sincere condolences to the Gaines Adams family. (absolutely no pun intended).

    Not much fun blogging when REAL LIFE intrudes.

    "Tomorrow is promised to no man". - St. James The Apostle.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Compensatory pick? Anyone know?

  • In reply to mikeyph:

    You are better then this.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Jeff...Wise on the pics.

    I also will be sobering about this.. no angles, no comments, accept understanding..wife in June had a heart attack during ..stress test... God Bless you Adam Gaines and his family and to each of the Bears family and the extended family. He may not have been long with us but he is still a part of this family and will go down as a Bear.

    GOD BLESS AND BEAR DOWN to you AG say high to WP and Papa Bear

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    bad on my transposing you name Gaines

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    SERIOUSLY!!!! STOP ASKING ABOUT THE COMPENSATORY PICKS!!!!! THAT MAN IS NOT EVEN IN THE GROUND AND IT'S ALL BUSINESS W/ SOME OF YOU!!!! HAVE A HEART AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!! Jesus....wait a week or two before inquiring about that. Would you want somebody to ask "well...R.I.P. (great person and all) but man can we get something to compensate for their death?" karma's a bitch...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Amen..FQD1911

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Just trying to make chicken salad out of chicken shit, pal.

    It's a legitimate question and the next step.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    can you wait until after the funeral at least? damn....where does football end and affection for human life begin?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Look, you mourn your way, I mourn mine. I prefer to acknowledge the death, reflect on the life, and then move forward. I don't care if you think I'm being callus.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    The word is calloused. And yes, you are.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    pipe down ya old fart

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    and BP too (Piccolo)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    spaced that out FQD

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Don't get me wrong it sucks the guy died, but the media puts so much into athletes and celebrities dying. Nobody cares about the 18 year old kids getting gunned down in Afghanistan.

    I'm in the military, I have friends that have died and no one cared about that. But some athlete or coked out actress dies then it's a travesty.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    You know what's even douchier than the "First!" thing? Judging how any of us feel about the kids who serve and die for our country without knowing us or our circumstances. But like I said, stay class,y teddie. Being a prick about one persons death makes up for 4000 other people dying. That makes sense.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Bullshit. This is a Chicago Bears blog, so, it makes sense that when a Chicago Bear dies, we discuss his death. It wouldn't make sense to talk a lot about soldiers dying on a Chicago Bears blog, so it's completely offensive for you to assume nobody cares.

    It is always a travesty when somebody dies at such a young age, and respect is due. If for some reason this post was about an 18 year old, non-athlete, dying... and you wrote "first bitches", It would have been just as classless.

    Basically, you're not a dick because you don't care when athletes die, you are a dick because a kid died and you chose not to show any respect.

    BTW, thanks for serving. And I sincerely mean that. Just because I think you're a dick doesn't mean I don't appreciate your service.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Well done Jeff. Thanks for taking that initiative.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Well done Jeff. So sad about Gaines Adams. I wonder if athletes should be required to get thorough physicals every year or two. There is something unnatural about being that large to begin with, and the toll the game takes on them is immense. I love football, but I don't want to see young men crippled or dying for my entertainment.

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Jeff. Big Time Thanks for letting the Gaines Adams Family know DaBears blog members are with them in their time of overwhelming sorrow. Gaines was a CHICAGO BEAR and will be forever. Walter Payton and Brian Piccolo will be waiting in Heaven to guide him. John 5:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life".

  • In reply to EVILteddie:

    Sad news indeed. It might be harder for some Bears fans to ackowledge the loss of this young man because of the relatively short period of time that Gaines was with the Bears. We did not have time to get that "attached" to him. As one poster said previously, "He will always be a Bear". He died way before his time and will be missed by many.

  • R.I.P. :(

  • wow. my prayers go out to his family. R.I.P. Gaines

  • Horrible news. Just goes to show, we never know when we take our last breath. The Lord came so we could have an abundant life, lets all try to remember that. God Bless this mans family.

  • wow... looks like it was a heart attack. sheesh, at 26

  • WTF?! I am way older than that. Too young. Life is short. Live each day to the fullest. You never know how many tomorrows you are going to get. My thoughts to his family.

  • i'm 23, so when you hear shit like this, it's sobers your mind. damn...

  • Fuck that's sad, might have had some condition that they didn't know about, could explain his problems.

  • Stunningly sad.

  • A Sad Day, such a young man RIP Gaines Adams

  • God must have needed a DE. RIP Gaines Adams.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    Well said spawn, well said.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen mentioned two more possible candidates for the Bears' offensive coordinators position via his Twitter account: San Diego assistant head coach in charge of tight ends Rob Chudzinski and Indianapolis assistant head coach in charge of receivers Clyde Christensen.

    Chudzinski served as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator from 2007-08, while also calling plays for his alma mater Miami from 2001-03. It would be interesting to see the feedback Chudzinski would receive from fellow Chargers' coaches about potentially coming to Chicago, since after all, head coach Norv Turner is the brother of ex-Bears' offensive coordinator Ron Turner. Not to mention, San Diego's staff also includes Ron Rivera, Steve Wilks and Don Johnson, all of whom were let go at one point by Lovie Smith.

    Christensen has been with the Colts for eight seasons, after spending 1996-2001 in Tampa Bay. Smith was the linebackers

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    This season just keeps on sucking. I mean what are the odds of a 26 year old having a sudden heart attack from an undiagnosed condition. Then what are the odds of him being in the NFL and on our team. Football just isn't very much fun lately. His poor family.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    It truly is a sad thing for a young man at the height of physical strength die like that.

    I am curious, does anyone know if this means another compensatory draft pick?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I like what Christensen has done with Collie and Garcon this year, maybe he can help do the same for guys like Bennett and Knox for the Bears next year.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    This is really sad, so young. And, for what it's worth, I have a couple friends from Clemson that said he had a great reputation and seemed like a nice kid.

    BTW, I'm usually not that into the "first" thing, but this was probably the most inappropriate "first" that I have ever seen.

  • In reply to kidronmusic:

    That's true. Maybe he didn't even read the post...he just saw a new one and rush to be the 1st. But he should have read it later, anyway.

  • In reply to kidronmusic:

    For God's sake guys!!!

    His body is still warm!!! Could you please stop talking about compensatory picks?

  • In reply to kidronmusic:

    Ha. Wait 'til you're first, Kid. And then you'll feel the firstness .... the virgin comments section before you, laying back on her silk sheets, naked except for her scent .....

  • yes. too soon.

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