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Controversial North Carolina professor found dead

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/24/20, 03:34 pm

Conservative professor Mike Adams, a lightning rod for criticism at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has died. He was 55. Adams was a syndicated columnist who won a First Amendment lawsuit against the school in 2014 claiming it denied him a promotion over his beliefs about abortion, same-sex marriage, and other topics. The tenured sociology and criminology professor recently reached a half-million-dollar settlement with the university over his upcoming retirement. More than 60,000 people had signed an online petition asking the school to fire him over social media posts in which he called North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, “Massa Cooper” and compared coronavirus restrictions to slavery.

What happened? Authorities discovered Adams’ body on Thursday while performing a wellness check at his home, Lt. J.J. Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office told Raleigh’s News & Observer. Deputies are conducting a death investigation, but officials have not released any additional details.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s interview with Adams in 2009.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 07:22 pm

    The title should read "Conservative North Carolina Professor Found Dead".  It will be interesting to find out the cause of death. We need more men and women like him where he stood up to the liberal university.

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Mon, 07/27/2020 12:12 pm

    Correct! If being a Conservative is controversial we are in trouble. If being a Chirstian is controversial we are in big trouble!

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sat, 07/25/2020 04:24 am

    I loved Mike Adams. His story of conversion to Christianity and to conservative politics is a good one. As is his committment to these ideals. His stance against the Establishment, and for freedom and level playing field at UNCW was admirable. But all too ofen his verbiage and in your face rebukes were over the top. This certainly made him a Controversial Conservative. His sudden death in this current context of forced early retirement is very sad.