North Carolina police are investigating the death of controversial conservative, pro-life UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams, who was found dead inside his home Thursday afternoon during a wellness check, law enforcement said.
Adams, a 55-year-old conservative criminology professor and Town Hall columnist, was scheduled to retire from UNCW on August 1, after reaching a settlement with the university for more than $500,000.
The former atheist, now Christian, often sparked controversy due to his defense of conservative principles on a secular campus.
Adams' early retirement was announced in June after he was publicly criticized for his social media posts about North Carolina Gov. Roy Copper's extended stay-at-home coronavirus orders.
In late May, Adams tweeted that schools should not be closing but that they should remove "the non-essential majors. Like Women's Studies."
The next day, Adams posted another tweet recalling an outing with his friends at a restaurant, saying, "Massa Cooper, let my people go!"
In the wake of George Floyd's death, Adams also tweeted that the rioters were "thugs looking for an opportunity to break the law with impunity."
Several petitions were created and signed by more than 12,000 people, demanding the administration remove Adams from his position.
UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli said the best and "most fiscally responsible way" to resolve the issue was to reach a settlement, which was approved by the North Carolina Attorney General and the UNC System Board of Governors.
The UNCW chapter of the Young America's Foundation tweeted a statement offering their condolences.
Stacey Matthews, a regular contributor to Red State who writes under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah, also shared the news of Adams' death on Twitter.
Pictures from Adams' home show crime scene tape around the residence.
No cause of death has been released.