The Cincinnati Bengals’ assistant coach, Adam Zimmer, has passed away. He was 38. The NFL franchise issued a statement Tuesday, confirming the loss to USA Today. The Bengals are devastated by the news of offensive analyst Adam Zimmer’s passing, the statement reads. Although PEOPLE reached out to the Cincinnati Bengals for comment, we have yet to hear back from them.
Team owner Mike Brown has sent a note which is included in the release. Brown said this about Zimmer and his father, legendary NFL coach Mike Zimmer: “The Zimmer family has been a valued partner of ours for the past 15 years. We hold Mike and Adam in the highest esteem, and this news really saddens us.” We came to consider Mike and Adam as more than just coaches; they became friends.
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The Zimmer family has our deepest sympathies at this time.”According to ESPN, Mendota Heights, Minnesota police chief Wayne Wegener Jr. claimed his department was doing a welfare check on Adam. Zimmer was already dead when police arrived at his house on Monday. Officials are “not examining this as a suspicious death,” according to Wegener, and the Hennepin County medical examiner will announce the cause of death.
PEOPLE’s request for comment from the MHPD went unanswered for some time. Cori Zimmer White, sister of Adam and daughter of Mike, also posted an emotional tribute to the tragedy on Instagram. “Actually putting this in writing astounds me. Yesterday, I lost my older brother.
A gentle, lovely, family-oriented, sports-mad spirit, “Together with a collection of unique photographs spanning Adam’s entire life, she penned an essay. “I didn’t believe I was capable of feeling anguish like this again; the last time was a long time ago.”
When she added, “My heart has been broken, and it hurts like hell. I don’t know how to deal with the loss of my brother while also caring for my one-year-old twin boys. I have no idea what to do, I can’t cope, and my heart is destroyed.” After their mother passed away, she and the late coach became closer and she referred to him as “one of my dearest friends.”
“Always the first to show up and provide a hand at my foundation’s activities, he was a constant pillar of support for me. I was never required to inquire. He was constantly telling me how proud he was of me and how well I was doing. I pray he understood the magnitude of his love and support for me.”
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According to Cori, Adam has never been shy about telling her “how much he loved watching me be a mom and how happy he was of me,”, especially over the past year.
Cori humbly requested prayers for her loved ones, saying, “We need the Lord’s power more than ever right now. Avoid making us stop believing, please.
“Adam, I adore you and I shall miss you terribly till we are together. We need your protection and your assistance to make it through this.” This is Zimmer’s first season as the Bengals’ head coach. Before that, once his father took over as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, he began working for the team as a coach. ESPN claims that both he and Mike were laid off in the previous year.
In 2006, he got his start as a coach in the National Football League when the New Orleans Saints hired him as their assistant linebackers coach. In a statement sent to ESPN, the Vikings announced Adam’s passing, In a statement, Vikings ownership expressed their “heartbreak” over Zimmer’s death.
“Adam was a good guy who treated everyone he worked with, from players to coaches to the front office personnel of the Minnesota Vikings, with the utmost respect. Mike, Corri, Marki, and the rest of the Zimmer family have our deepest sympathies at this time.” Kirk Cousins, the team’s quarterback, also expressed his sadness over Adam’s passing on Twitter “Extremely heartbroken by the passing of Adam Zimmer… an excellent mentor and human being. Sitting next to him on the plane ride home from the away game was a treat. An incredible amount of knowledge was gained. I’m saying some prayers for the Zimmers right now.”
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