Bears player Gaines Adams, 26, is dead, according to a report by the Greenville News of South Carolina.
Adams, a former Clemson University football star, died Sunday morning after he was taken to the Emergency Room at Self Regional in Greenwood, County Coroner James T. Coursey told the Greensville News.
Adams, a defensive end, was the fourth player chosen in the 2007 National Football League draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He was traded from Tampa Bay to the Chicago Bears in October. An autopsy will be performed today by a forensic pathologist.
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