ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Tears were flowing Monday afternoon at a Georgia Tech campus memorial service for Brandon Adams. He’s the Yellow Jackets football player who died suddenly over the weekend.
The 21-year-old’s life was tragically cut short early Sunday morning when, according to police, he collapsed at a home on Centennial Way in Atlanta
Georgia Tech Head Football Coach Geoff Collins spoke of the sudden loss of Adams after the memorial at McCamish Pavilion.
“Obviously this isn’t something that was expected. We’re all heartbroken as a football family,” said Coach Collins.
No outside cameras were not allowed inside the memorial, but Georgia Tech athletics did share some video of the service.
Zummy Bauer, who is on the Georgia Tech Tennis team, was among the mourners.
He told FOX 5 News he often crossed paths with Adams in the training room.
“He was always smiling, always laughing and stuff. I mean as everyone said in there he’s just a very loveable person,” Bauer said.
Atlanta police said after he collapsed Adams was driven by a friend to Emory University Hospital Midtown where he was later pronounced dead.
His loss leaves a big hole in the team roster but an even larger empty space in the hearts of many in the Yellow Jackets Community.
“He was a big guy but he had a heart as big as all outdoors. He’s really going to be missed. It’s hard to fill that kind of void,” former Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told FOX 5 News an autopsy on Adams was conducted Monday but further tests, including toxically, are needed to determine an exact cause of death.
His sudden passing comes as a shock to fellow Yellow Jackets preparing to begin spring practice on Tuesday, which will take place.
“Obviously we’ll go out there with heavy hearts but I think that’s what the guys said themselves that they think that’s what Brandon would want us to do,” said Coach Collins.
Also at the memorial were family members of Adams who arrived from Tennessee.
Funeral plans have not been released publicly.
Coach Collins also said a rush order was placed on special stickers to be worn on the team helmets to remember Brandon Adams.