Yahoo! Sports has learned from a source close to the Clemson football program that Chicago Bears defensive end and Clemson alum Gaines Adams(notes) died Sunday morning after being taken to Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C. Scout.com's Roy Philpott, who broke the news, indicated that county coroner James T. Coursey released the information. Early reports say that Adams died of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart, and a preliminary autopsy has confirmed this.
After amassing 28 career sacks at Clemson, Adams was selected fourth overall in the 2007 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He logged 83 tackles and 12.5 sacks in three seasons with the Bucs before being traded to the Chicago Bears in October of 2009.
The Bears released the following statement on Sunday afternoon: "We are stunned and saddened by the news of Gaines' passing. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher(notes) had this to say to the Chicago Tribune after hearing the news. "It's crazy. I didn't know him that well because he came in during the middle of the season. But I did know him. I still saw him every day when I went into work. It's just weird. I had a teammate die when I was in college. You just don't know how to handle it. It's just sad, man. It's a bad deal."
Stay tuned for more details as we receive them.