UNCW professor who resigned after racist Twitter posts found dead at NC home

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT/WNCN) — The identity of the dead body removed Thursday afternoon from a home on Windsong Road in Wilmington has been confirmed as that of Mike Adams.

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the Bayshore community Thursday afternoon.

Property records confirm that the home, which is located along Windsong Road, is the residence of UNCW professor Mike Adams.

Adams, an embattled professor who taught sociology and criminology at UNCW and worked as a columnist for The Daily Wire and Town Hall, made national headlines before for his polarizing statements involving race, gender, and sexual orientation, but his comments on the COVID-19 shut down in North Carolina and violent protests over George Floyd’s death outraged many and amplified calls for his ouster.

A petition was organized in June citing Adams’ “bullying a student into transferring to an inflammatory Twitter account that contains threats towards minorities and those exercising their first amendment rights.”

The university attempted to deny Adams tenure in 2006, but ended up getting sued for discriminating against Adams’ protected speech. They ultimately lost the lawsuit and gave Adams the promotion in question. The lawsuit cost UNCW hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Adams was set to retire from the university on Aug. 1.

Officials have confirmed the identity of the body but no further information about what may have happened is available.

The Office of University Relations on behalf of the Division of Academic Affairs at UNCW released a statement about his death on Thursday night.

“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. Please keep his friends and loved ones in your thoughts. Students may call the University Counseling Center (910.962.3746) for grief support; faculty and staff can seek support through the Employee Assistance Program.”

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