The NFL world is in mourning after the sudden death of former Minnesota Vikings co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer at age 38.
An NFL assistant for 17 years, Zimmer is the son of previous Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Corri Zimmer White, his younger sister, announced the tragic news on her Instagram page on Tuesday.
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“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,” Corri Zimmer wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
No cause of death has been given.
Zimmer had been working as an offensive analyst for the Cincinnati Bengals this season.
When Mike Zimmer was fired by the Vikings in January, the majority of his staff were also dismissed - including his son.
"We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Adam Zimmer," Vikings ownership said in a statement.
"Adam was a kind, respectful man, and over his years in Minnesota, it was evident he cared tremendously about his family, his players, his fellow coaches and the Vikings front office staff.
"Our thoughts are with Mike, Corri, Marki and the entire Zimmer family."
He spent the 2013 season with the Bengals as an assistant defensive backs coach in Mike Zimmer's final season there as defensive coordinator.
"Our organisation has had the privilege of knowing and working with the Zimmer family for 15 years. We have the highest regard for Mike and Adam, and we are incredibly saddened by this tragic news," Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement.
"Mike and Adam were more than just coaches for us - they were friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zimmer family at this time."
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Mike Zimmer's wife and Adam's mother Vikki died unexpectedly at age 50 in 2009. That was Adam Zimmer's last year with the Saints, when they went on to win the Super Bowl.
"We had fond memories of Adam from the four years he spent in our organisation as an assistant coach," the Saints said in a statement.
"Adam was knowledgeable, hard working, well-liked by everyone he came into contact with, and enthusiastic. During his time with the Saints, he quickly developed into an excellent coach."
Corri Zimmer White said in her Instagram post that Adam told her "countless times" how he loved watching her be a mother to his one-year-old twin nephews.
"My brother was one of my best friends, especially after my mom died, we became so close," she said.
"He was always there for me and always the first to show up and volunteer at my foundation events. I never even had to ask."
Tributes have been pouring in on social media.
This is absolutely heartbreaking for a family that has already had its share. People will talk about Adam Zimmer as a coach and as a son today, but that’s not enough. He was such an incredibly kind and sweet soul. Heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/AWfyCC2nRt
— Laura Okmin (@LauraOkmin) November 1, 2022
Heartbreaking news this morning. RIP Adam Zimmer. Prayers to his family. pic.twitter.com/qqcqZVfX2w
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) November 1, 2022
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.
I’ve known Adam Zimmer since he was 10. I still call him Lil Zim when I see him. I just exchanged texts with him about a month ago. His dad is one of my favorite people and I’m hurting for him. Beyond sad #RIP
— Jean-Jacques Taylor (@JJT_Journalist) November 1, 2022
Rest In Peace Adam Zimmer. Condolences to Coach Zim and the rest of Adam’s family. I cherish attending Mass with you Saturday night before the games. 🙏🏾
— George Iloka (@George_iloka) November 1, 2022
Praying for the Zimmer Family. Adam Zimmer was a good man who lived for his family, and learned how to coach from his father while honoring the legacy of his mother. Blessed to have crossed paths with him and better because of it. He was loved by many!!!
— Jack Easterby (@JackEasterby) November 1, 2022
— Michele Tafoya (@Michele_Tafoya) November 1, 2022
Awful news here: Adam Zimmer, formerly the Vikings’ co-defensive coordinator, passed away at age 38, per his sister Corri. pic.twitter.com/PHk3joKLsa
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) November 1, 2022
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