Former professor of University of North Carolina Wilmington found dead

Mike Adams, a former professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington found dead in his home
Emeh Joy

A former professor of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Mike Adams who reportedly resigned amid campus controversy was found dead in his home on Thursday.

Adams was said to have angered the campus community on Twitter. According to the New Hanover County Sherriff's office, he was found dead and alone in his home during a welfare check around 2 p.m on Thursday.

The professor's death came not up to a month after the University announced that he would retire following campus uproar over his tweets.

The University Chancellor, Jose V. Sartarelli said in a statement posted on the University's website that Adams, a former professor of criminology at UNCW and author of, "Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts 'Womyn' on Campus" was set to retire August 1.

The Chancellor of University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jose V. Sartarelli

Sartarelli said, "Over the past several weeks, many of you have inquired about the status of a UNCW faculty member, Dr Mike Adams, in light of the public attention generated by comments he made on his personal social media channels.

"We can now share the update that after a discussion with Chancellor Sartarelli, Dr Adams has decided to retire from UNCW, effective August 1, 2020.

As part of his retirement, Adams reportedly received $504,702 from the University as lost salary and lost retirement benefits.

Adams became a controversial figure in Wilmington in late May when he made some tweets on his Twitter account.

On May 29, he tweeted, "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!"

Roy Cooper is the Democratic governor of North Carolina.

Adam made the tweet a week after the state moved into the second phase of reopening and few days after the erupted protests over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

There was another Tweet of his on May 28 which read, "Don't shut down the universities. Shut down the non-essential majors. Like Women's Studies".

UNCW in a statement to CNN referred to Adam's messages as "vile and inexcusable".

Adam's tweets got two petitions all for his removal.

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