Bengals Coach Mike Zimmer Comes Home To Find Wife Vikki Dead
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer came home Thursday night to discover the dead body of his 50-year old wife Vikki Zimmer.
The Hamilton County Coroner's Office does not suspect that foul play was involved. The official report on the cause of death will not be released until an autoposy is performed.
The news of Vikki's death comes at a terrible shock to members of the Bengals organiztion. Bengals president Mike Brown said, "We will dearly miss Vikki. She was a friend to all of us, and a big supporter of Mike’s players. Her thoughtfulness to them in so many ways will also be greatly missed.”
Mike and Vikki Zimmer were married for 27 years. Mike Zimmer has been an NFL defensive coordinator for 10 years, the last two coming with the Bengals.
Vikki was born in Layton, Utah. She and Mike met during Mike’s coaching tenure at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah in 1981. They were married for 27 years and have three children. Their son Adam Zimmer is an assistant linebackers coach for the Saints.
Vikki Zimmer's death was felt with great solemness throughout the Cowboys organization, where Mike worked for eight years between 1994 and 2002. He worked closely with Cowboys secondary coach Dave Campo, who released this statement about Zimmer:
"This is a sad day because I feel the worst for the kids. They have three beautiful kids and in the coaching business, in many times, the kids are closer to their mother than they are their father because of the work schedule."
"We remember Vikki for her vibrant love of life and her loving devotion to her family."