Cincinnati Bengals offensive analyst Adam Zimmer died on Monday at the age of 38 years old.
"I can't believe I'm writing this. I lost my big brother yesterday. The kindest, sweetest, family loving, sports obsessed soul there ever was," one of Adam Zimmer's sisters, Corri Zimmer White, wrote in a Tuesday Instagram post. "My heart is shattered and it hurts so bad. I don't know how to juggle being a mom to one year old twin boys and the grief of losing my brother so unexpectedly. I'm so lost, I'm so overwhelmed, I'm so heartbroken. My brother was one of my best friends, especially after my mom died, we became so close."
"There was nothing suspicious [about the death], and there didn't appear to be any evidence of foul play," Mendota Heights Police Department spokesperson Wayne Wegener said, according to the Star Tribune.
Zimmer was the son of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, according to the Associated Press. Adam Zimmer spent years working with the Vikings during his father's time there, but when Mike Zimmer was fired, most of his staff was also let go, according to the outlet. Adam Zimmer was among those dismissed, according to the Star Tribune.
"Disregard the familial connection. It's really just about him being a good coach," former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway told the AP. "It wouldn’t have mattered who the head coach was. Adam was a good coach no matter what."
"He was respectful of the game and the career that I had before that he got there," Greenway noted. "He was always working with you and not coaching at you, always trying to make the individual better and the team better. He was really smart when it came to the scheme, but more importantly he was a great person who always cared about you as a person."