Adam Zimmer, the son of the former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and an NFL assistant coach for 17 seasons, passed away on Monday, aged 38.
Corri Zimmer White, the daughter of Mike, and Adam’s sister announced the news on Tuesday morning on Instagram.
Adam Zimmer was living in Minnesota while working for the Bengals. It was reported that the Mendota Heights police department received the call to conduct a welfare check on Monday morning at 1:03 p.m. CT, according to the police chief Wayne Wegener Jr.
Officers were called to Zimmer’s house and discovered him dead inside. Wegener stated that it is his office’s decision to “not look into this as an unnatural death.”
The Hennepin County medical examiner will determine the cause of death and then issue the official declaration.
Zimmer was a part of the Vikings coaching staff when his father was appointed head coach in the year 2014. He was the linebackers’ coordinator for six years prior to being promoted to defensive coordinator co-deflection in 2020. He was dismissed with his father as well as all of the staff coaches following the 2021 season.
“We are devastated to learn about the death of Adam Zimmer,” Vikings management announced in the statement. “Adam was a caring gentleman, respectful, and throughout his time in Minnesota, it was clear that he was extremely concerned regarding his wife, family members, teammates as well as his coaches, as well as even the Vikings team’s front-office staff. The thoughts of our family are with Mike, Corri, Marki, and the whole Zimmer family.”
A former Vikings director of operations Rick Spielman also issued a statement that reads, “My thoughts and prayers are with coach Zimmer as well as his entire family. Adam was an excellent coach and an amazing person. He will be missed greatly.”
Vikings captain Kirk Cousins also posted on his Instagram account that Kirk Cousins was “deeply shocked” to hear about the incident and also called Adam Zimmer a “tremendous coach and person.”
Zimmer was a coaching veteran in 2006. He began working for his team the New Orleans Saints as an assistant linebackers coach. He also held the same position as a coach with the Kansas City Chiefs between 2010 and 2012. He was a part of his father’s team as a coach in Cincinnati with the position of assistant to defensive backs coaches in 2013 in the final season of Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator. He then moved with Mike Zimmer into the Vikings.
Recently, Adam Zimmer had been employed in the role of offensive coach with the Bengals.
“Our team has had the pleasure of working with and knowing Adam and Mike Zimmer’s family for the past 15 years. We have the highest respect for Mike Adam and Mike Adam and are deeply saddened by this sad announcement,” Bengals president Mike Brown stated in an announcement.
“Mike Adam and Mike Adam were more than coaches for us – they were also friends. Our prayers and thoughts will be to the Zimmer family at this moment.”
“We have wonderful memories of Adam during the four years that he worked within our organization,” the Saints said in an announcement. “Adam was skilled, efficient, and loved by all whom he met and was a great motivator. While with the Saints and the Saints, he rapidly developed into a great coach.”
In the post on Instagram, Zimmer White wrote of the sudden death of her family’s matriarch Vikki Zimmer in 2009.
“My brother was one of my most trusted buddies,” she wrote, “especially after my mom’s death, We became very close. He always stood by me, and was the first one to show up and be a volunteer for my foundation’s events.”
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