Sean Adams (R, with Chip Brown) passed away Thursday.

The Austin, Texas airwaves lost a long-time personality this week, with Sean Adams passing away Thursday at the age of 46 following a heart attack. Adams was currently a morning co-host of The Bottom Line on KVET 1300 The Zone with’s Chip Brown (seen at left above with Adams), and had been at that station since 2014, but he’d worked for various local sports radio outlets for over a decade and had been a Texas media figure even before that. Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman has more on Adams and his impressive career:

He first broke onto the Austin media landscape as a columnist with in 2004, the widely-read website that covers Texas athletics. He broke into sports media and used his platform to promote positive thinking while “keeping it real,” according to his personal website. He always showed up for Monday press conferences during the football season with a smile and would shake anyone’s hand, offering a smile or head-shaking reaction based on how UT had played on Saturday.

Adams wrote two books. His first was published in 2006 titled “Sports for Life: Daily Sports Themes for Life Success.” His second book was published in 2010 titled “It’s Okay to be Crazy” and focused on keeping a positive attitude.

Over the years, Adams was a regular on various UT-related media outlets, including the Longhorn Network, and Inside Texas.

Adams was originally from Oakland, California, and started his college football career at Cal before transferring to Abilene Christian in Texas. As per his website, he had a MBA and did post-graduate work in public relations and the humanities, and held major corporate executive roles before heading into the sports media. 2012 saw him named the inaugural Research Fellow at the University of Texas’ Program in Sports and Media, with the goal of bringing his experiences to current students. And he was well-loved locally, as the many tributes to him show:

Brown, Adams’ co-host, wrote a thoughtful tribute for The Zone’s website:

My heart is broken today.

Hearts are broken all over Austin and beyond.

Anyone who knew Sean Adams knew his passion for helping people find a greater meaning in their lives, whether it was tying a life lesson to a football game, a win or a loss – Sean was all about “teachable moments.”

…Sean and I were preparing to fly to Los Angeles Thursday night for the Texas-USC game when I learned of his apparent heart attack. I was devastated. I raced to the hospital and refused to believe he was gone. I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think. Sean lost his dad to a stroke, and I lost my mom to pancreatic cancer. We talked about our love for our lost parents a lot.

I can hear Sean telling me – right now! – how important it is to reach out to loved ones all the time to tell them how much you love them and care about them.

“It’s not enough to think it, Chip,” he would tell me. “Pick up the phone and say it out loud.”

I’m saying it out loud right now – and I know you can hear me Sean – “I love you.”

Austin is survived by his wife, Karen, and his children, Damon and Alex. He’ll be missed.

[The Austin American-Statesman]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.