Gossip Extra has learned that high-profile Realtor Chappy Adams died in the car crash that shut down PGA Boulevard early today in Palm Beach Gardens, according to several real estate sources.
Adams, 48, whose real name was Francis, was the father of a little girl.
The death rocked the real estate world this morning.
While at-times troubled, Adams was well-liked as president of the mega real estate company Illustrated Properties.
The company was started by his dad, Bud Adams. But under Chappy, it grew to one of the largest firms in the state — even when the real estate bubble burst!
According to preliminary information from FHP, Chappy exited I-95 at PGA Boulevard about 4 a.m. but somehow ended up down the grassy area of the ramp.
His silver Mercedes then went airborne on a concrete berm, said FHP Spokesman Lt. Tim Frith, and into a tree. Adams owned a property a few miles east from the site of the wreck, in North Palm Beach.
Frith said there was no alcohol in the car and rescuers didn’t smell liquor on Adams. Still, an autopsy and toxicology report was ordered.
“The victim was not wearing a seat belt,” Frith said.
According to his biography on the Illustrated website, Chappy graduated from the Benjamin School then Boston College in 1987.
He officially joined Illustrated Properties upon graduation, and started as a commercial leasing agent.
During his seven years in residential sales, he sold dozens of multi-million homes then moved to management.
Chappy oversaw Illustrated’s 20 offices statewide and 550 agents.
Several friends of the Realtor’s asked for time before they commented.