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.
Reason For The Death Of Former Vikings Coordinator Adam Zimmer
The Hennepin County (Minn.) Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Adam Zimmer, the former Vikings defensive coordinator who passed away in October, died as a result of long-term alcoholism.
The body of the 38-year-old, whose father Mike is the former Vikings head coach, was discovered on October 31. There were “complications of a chronic ethanol use disorder,” according to the medical examiner’s office, which led to Zimmer’s death.
To begin his coaching career, Zimmer worked as an assistant linebackers coach for the Saints. The 2009 season was the year that he and the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl.
After following his father to Minnesota in 2014, the younger Zimmer worked his way up to the position of co-defensive coordinator before sharing it with Andre Patterson in 2020. At the end of the 2021 season, Mike Zimmer and the majority of his staff, including his son, were let go.
Adam Zimmer’s Cause Of Death
“Complications of chronic ethanol use disorder” led to the death of the son of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who also served as the team’s defensive coordinator. Hennepin County’s medical examiner made the shocking discovery.
Excessive drinking or the onset of withdrawal symptoms upon reducing one’s alcohol intake or ceasing drinking altogether can both lead to this disorder.
Zimmer’s coaching career began in 2006 when he joined the New Orleans Saints as an assistant linebackers coach. He remained with the team until 2009. While his longest coaching stint was with the Vikings, he also worked for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals. While playing for the Saints in 2009, he won the Super Bowl.
After some time, Zimmer followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Vikings in 2014. By 2020, he had worked his way up to the position of co-defensive coordinator, a position he shared with Andre Patterson.
At the end of the 2021 season, the entire staff, including Mike Zimmer, his son, and the rest of the coaches, were let go. Before his untimely demise, Zimmer had rejoined the Bengals as the team’s offensive analyst.
How Did Adam Zimmer Die?
No one has spoken publicly about the circumstances surrounding the death until now. Fox News reports that court documents show police were called to his home. He was discovered unconscious, with bruises and blood oozing from his eye.
The amount of alcohol in his system was apparently enough to knock him out cold. No official cause of death has been announced, but authorities are not looking for foul play.
On Friday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office released the results of the autopsy conducted on Adam Zimmer, the son of legendary NFL coach Mike Zimmer and the former defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.
Adam, a remote offensive analyst for the Bengals, died in October at the age of 38.
The office of the medical examiner recorded “complications of chronic ethanol use disorder” as the official cause of death. Drinking more alcohol to achieve the same level of intoxication or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when rapidly reducing or stopping alcohol consumption are both symptoms of the disorder.
The death of Adam Zimmer was the second devastating blow to the Zimmer family. Vikki, Mike and Adam’s mother, died of natural causes in 2009. She was 50 years old.