Professor behind 'vile' racist and sexist tweets found dead in North Carolina home
A college professor who had been slammed by his own university for "vile" and "hateful" statements was found dead inside his North Carolina home on Thursday, less than two weeks before his planned retirement, officials said.
"It is with sadness that we share the news that the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation involving Dr. Mike Adams, professor of criminology," University of North Carolina Wilmington said in a statement on Thursday. "Please keep his friends and loved ones in your thoughts."
Adams, who taught sociology and criminology at the school, was a lightning rod due to his racist and sexist tweets and other commentary, including about Muslims, gays and efforts to fight the coronavirus.
The university announced June 29 that Adams had decided to retire Aug. 1.
A representative for the sheriff's office could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday. A spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner declined to elaborate on Adams' death.
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Adams had a long history of comments about women, minorities and others that led the university on June 5 to call out his "hateful," "distasteful" and "vile" language. That was followed weeks later by the retirement announcement.
Among the professor's recent statements was his comparing the efforts of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to curb coronavirus to that of a slave master, tweeting on May 29: "This evening I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six seat table top. I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!"
Earlier this year, Adams mocked women's studies as "non essential" and labeled civil rights protesters "thugs."
Back in 2016, Adams used an ultraconservative opinion site to target a student at his school with an article titled “A Queer Muslim Jihad.”
In 2013, he said gay couples should not receive equal treatment "because they do not equally benefit society."