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Bengals Assistant Coach Adam Zimmer Found Dead




Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Adam Zimmer has died. He was 38 years old.

The NFL team announced the loss in a statement Tuesday, per USA today.

“The Bengals are saddened to hear the devastating news regarding team offensive analyst Adam Zimmer,” it read.

The Cincinnati Bengals did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The statement includes a message from team owner Mike Brown.

Speaking about Zimmer and his father, longtime NFL coach Mike Zimmer’s history with the team, Brown said, “Our organization has been privileged to know and work with the Zimmer family for 15 We have the highest regard for Mike and Adam, and we are saddened by this tragic news.

“Mike and Adam were more than coaches to us – they were friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zimmer family at this time.”

The Mendota Heights Police Department was conducting a wellness check on Adam, who lived in Minnesota, Police Chief Wayne Wegener Jr. said, according to ESPN.

By the time police arrived at Zimmer’s home on Monday, he was already dead. Wegener said authorities are “not investigating this as a suspicious death” and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner will rule and release his cause of death.

The MHPD did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Adam’s sister and Mike’s daughter, Cori Zimmer White, also shared a heartbreaking message about the loss via Instagram.

“I can’t believe I’m writing this. I lost my big brother yesterday. The kindest, sweetest, most family-oriented, sports-obsessed soul that ever lived,” she wrote alongside a series of special images of Adam over the years. “I’ve felt pain like this before, but it’s been a while and I didn’t know I was able to feel it again.”

She continued, “My heart is broken and it hurts so much. I don’t know how to juggle being a mother to one-year-old twins and the grief of losing my brother so unexpectedly. I’m so lost. , I’m so upset, I’m so heartbroken.”

She hailed the late coach as “one of my best friends” and reflected on how they bonded after losing their mother.

“He was always there for me and always the first to show up and volunteer at my foundation events…I never even had to ask. He always told me how much I had done great work and how proud he was of me. His support and love for me was SO great and I hope he knew how much I loved him.”

Cori said last year in particular that Adam never held back from telling her “how he loved seeing me being a mother and how proud he was of me”.

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Asking for prayers for their family, Cori said, “Lord, we need your strength now more than ever. Please don’t let us lose faith.

“Adam, I love you so much and will miss you every second of every day until I see you again. Please watch over us and help us get well.”

Zimmer began coaching the Bengals this season. Prior to that, he started coaching the Minnesota Vikings after his father became head coach in 2014. He and Mike were both fired last year, according to ESPN.

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His first coaching gig in the NFL was in 2006 as an assistant linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings said of Adam’s death in a statement, ESPN reports: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Adam Zimmer,” Vikings ownership said in a statement. “Adam was a kind and respectful man, and during his years at Minnesota it was evident that he cared immensely about his family, players, fellow coaches and the Vikings front desk staff. Our thoughts go to Mike, Corri, Marki and the entire Zimmer family.”

Team quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​also mourned Adam on Twitter, writing, “Deeply saddened by the news of Adam Zimmer… great coach and person. I had the privilege of sitting next to him coming back from matches. I learned so much. I pray for the Zimmer family.”