Adam Zimmer’s Cause of Death: Adam Zimmer, co-defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings and the son of former head coach Mike Zimmer, died of chronic alcoholism.
The cause of death was confirmed in documents made public by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday. The 38-year-old was discovered deceased at his Twin Cities residence on October 31, 2022.
Adam Zimmer’s Cause of Death
The medical examiner officially categorized Zimmer’s demise as “complications of chronic ethanol use disorder.”
According to the CDC, excessive alcohol use is the leading preventable cause of mortality in the United States, accounting for approximately 140,000 deaths annually.
At 1:13 p.m. on Monday, October 31st, officers were requested to check on Zimmer at his residence in the 2500 block of Condon Court in Mendota Heights. According to the Mendota Heights Police Department, Zimmer’s body was discovered at his residence.
The agency states that “there are no indications of foul play” and that his death did not involve any unusual circumstances. As per the medical examiner’s findings, the cause of his death was deemed “natural.”
Deeply saddened by the news of Adam Zimmer…tremendous coach & person. Had the privilege of sitting next to him flying back from games. Learned so much. Praying for the Zimmer family.
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) November 1, 2022
Following the 2014 appointment of Mike Zimmer as head coach, Zimmer joined the Vikings. He held the position of linebackers coach from the 2019 season until his promotion to co-defensive coordinator in 2020.
As per police superintendent Wayne Wegener Jr., the Mendota Heights Police Department conducted a welfare check on Zimmer, a Minnesota resident.
As officers approached Zimmer’s residence, he had already succumbed to his injuries. Wegener stated at the time that the Hennepin County medical examiner would ascertain and disclose the cause of his death and that no suspicious circumstances were being investigated.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, one week after the discovery of Zimmer’s corpse, police submitted an affidavit for a search warrant in which they were informed of an individual who appeared to be so intoxicated that he was rendered unconscious. The publication reports that upon their arrival, they discovered Zimmer dead on a sofa.
Zimmer, according to the affidavit presented to the Dakota County District Court by the police, also suffered an ocular injury.
Zimmer “appears to have bruising or blood pooling around his eye,” as stated in police reports. The filing contains no evidence of misconduct, according to police, as reported by the Star Tribune.
Zimmer, whose father is the seasoned NFL coach Mike Zimmer, began working for the Bengals this season. Before that, he served as a Minnesota Vikings coach subsequent to his father’s appointment as head coach in 2014. ESPN reports that both he and his father experienced employment terminations within the past year.
Adam assumed his inaugural coaching position in the National Football League (NFL) in 2006 as the assistant linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints. Kirk Cousins, quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, expressed “deep sorrow” over the news on social media and lauded Adam Zimmer as a “magnificent coach and individual.”