Bears' defensive end Gaines Adams, 26, died this morning of an enlarged heart, a Greenwood County deputy coroner said. He'd been taken to the emergency room at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, S.C., and died at 7:20 a.m. Chicago time.
An autopsy showed he died of cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart, and the death was ruled natural, said Deputy Coroner Marcia Kelley-Hays said.
The Bears released the following statement: "We are stunned and saddened by the news of Gaines' passing. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time."