Retiring University of North Carolina Wilmington professor Mike Adams’ recent death has been ruled a suicide by medical examiners. The conservative professor was reportedly found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his home last week.
Reports show that a friend contacted authorities to conduct a check on Adams after being unable to reach him for several days.
Professor found dead
Adams had come under fire for social media posts his critics called sexist and racist and was in the process of retiring from the university as a result of the controversy.
His friend told dispatchers on July 23 that Adams’ car had not moved from in front of his home for several days and that he was not answering his phone. Police entered the home and found his body, though it is unclear when he actually died.
Adams’ retirement was set to become official later this week, and his friend told authorities that he had been under a great deal of stress in recent months. The individual reported that the professor had been acting erratically, though not presenting an obvious danger to himself of others.
A storm of harassment and controversy swirled around the conservative professor in recent days because of a pair of tweets he posted.
In one, he compared North Carolina’s Democratic governor to a slave master because of statewide coronavirus-related restrictions. The other suggested that the university’s Women’s Studies majors were “non-essential.”
Though his retirement came amid this public backlash, Adams’ battle with UNCW had been ongoing for some time. He sued his employer over allegations that he was prevented from being granted tenure in 2006 because of his political views.
After a seven-year legal battle, Adams received the requested promotion. Most recently, the professor and university reached a deal allowing him to retire on Aug. 1 in exchange for a $500,000 settlement for lost wages and retirement benefits.
Even in the wake of his death, some critics continued to express their hatred for Adams on Twitter.
A university colleague said that people were free to mourn the professor’s death but warned against those who attempt to “sugarcoat his rhetoric as merely ‘controversial’ or ‘racially charged.'”
Of course, decent Americans of all political stripes are sending condolences and sympathy to his loved ones during this time of unimaginable grief.