Alcohol Use Blamed for Death of Bengals Analyst Adam Zimmer

Medical examiners determined that the death of Adam Zimmer, the son of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and the team’s former co-defensive coordinator, was the result of long-term alcohol abuse.

On Friday, the conclusion was released by the Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office for Hennepin County. On October 31st, Zimmer was discovered dead in his home in Mendota Heights, a suburb of the Twin Cities. He was 38.

After eight years with the Vikings under his dad’s leadership, Adam Zimmer took a remote position with the Cincinnati Bengals as an offensive analyst this season. The majority of Mike Zimmer’s staff was let go in January when he was fired.

When the New Orleans Saints drafted Adam Zimmer in 2006, he made his NFL debut that year. After working as an assistant linebackers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010, he served as Mike Zimmer’s defensive backs coach in Cincinnati in his final season as defensive coordinator for the Bengals in 2013.

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Adam Zimmer, A Player For The Bengals, Died As A Result Of His Long-Term Alcoholism

On Friday, the coroner’s report was released stating that former Cincinnati Bengals offensive analyst Adam Zimmer died as a result of long-term alcoholism.

A sudden death struck Zimmer on October 31 at his home in Minnesota. In human years, he was 38. The Bengals coaching staff had the former co-defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings working remotely on their team.

Adam Zimmer, A Player For The Bengals, Died As A Result Of His Long-Term Alcoholism

Mike Zimmer, formerly of the Vikings and now of the Bengals, was the father of this Zimmer. According to the findings of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, he died from “complications of chronic ethanol use disorder.”

In 2006, Zimmer got his start in the NFL as an assistant linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints, where he helped lead the team to a championship. In 2010, he made the switch to the Kansas City Chiefs and assumed the same position.

He joined the Bengals’ coaching staff in 2013 as an assistant defensive backs coach. Before his father was let go at the end of the 2021 season, he worked for the Vikings from 2014 to 2021. During that time, he served as co-defensive coordinator for two years. The following statement was issued by the Bengals shortly after Zimmer’s passing:

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Bengals Analyst Adam Zimmer’s Cause Of Death Revealed

On Friday, the verdict was issued by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota. On the evening of October 31st, Zimmer’s body was discovered in his home in the Twin Cities suburb of Mendota Heights. He was 38.

Bengals Analyst Adam Zimmer's Cause Of Death Revealed

After eight years with the Vikings under his father, Adam Zimmer had been working remotely this season as an offensive analyst for the Cincinnati Bengals. After Mike Zimmer’s dismissal in January, the majority of his staff also lost their jobs.

Having signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Adam Zimmer began his career in the National Football League. In 2010, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an assistant linebackers coach, and in 2013, during Mike Zimmer’s final season as defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, he served as an assistant defensive backs coach.

Final Words

We’ve had the pleasure of working with the Zimmer family for 15 years. We hold Mike and Adam in the highest regard, and we are devastated by this news. Besides being our coaches, Mike and Adam became close friends of ours. The Zimmer family is in our prayers at this time.


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