Brandon Adams Dies at Age 21

Brandon Adams was a 21 year old Junior at Georgia Tech.  On the evening of March 23rd Adams and some friends were reportedly walking around campus when he suddenly collapsed.  He was rushed to the hospital by his friends where he arrived alive but then later was pronounced dead. Reports say that Adams and a group were practicing stepping in a garage, when they stopped for a water break and Adams collapsed out of nowhere hitting his head on the way down. 

 After hitting his head he started going into convulsions and foaming at the mouth reports say. Stepping is a well known dance among African American fraternities and sororities. Adams was a candidate to join the Omega Psi Psi fraternity so he was likely practicing for his “Rush”.

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In Adams autopsy report it stated that the death appeared to be natural, and no evidence of any foul play involved.  The GBI performed another autopsy test on Adams on monday, they concluded that more tests would need to be involved to find out the true cause of death, a toxicology test included. 

 A toxicology test would establish if there was any traces of alcohol, drugs, or poison in his blood at the time of death. The only problem with these tests is that they take weeks sometimes even months to come back making family and friends sit around and wonder what happened for longer than they already have to.  The school has offered grief counselors for family, friends, and teammates. The Atlanta police issued a statement to the news channel stating “Nothing in Mr. Adams’ autopsy by the GBI on Monday pointed to foul play and we have no evidence right now to merit a criminal investigation. Witnesses have told our investigators that Adams had been participating in a dance routine when he collapsed suddenly. The Department is awaiting toxicology and other lab results being tested by the GBI following the autopsy to determine our next step.”  
He was a 6-foot-2-inches, 325 pound rising senior for the football team.  He played a prominent role for the Yellow Jackets defensive line. In the 2018 season he started in 3 games, but throughout his career has played in more than 20 games.  He had recorded 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles. He was expected to have a huge year and be a key role for the d-line under new head coach Geoff Collins.  He was also successful off of the field he was a business administration major who served as an intern at the world renowned Georgia Tech Research Institute last summer. His funeral was held on March 30th in his hometown of Brentwood, Tennessee.

 

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