Fomer Minnesota Vikings part owner Irwin L. Jacobs and his wife Alexandra were found dead in their mansion in suburban Minneapolis, according to local reports. A friend of the family said that Irwin Jacobs killed his wife before shooting himself.
The bodies were discovered in a bed next to a handgun by a routine visitor of the Minnesota residence on Wednesday morning, Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok confirmed in a press conference.
Irwin’s company, Jacobs Management Corp., later released a statement on behalf of the couple’s five children confirming Irwin, 77, and his wife of almost six decades, Alexandra, had died.
“Our family is shocked and devastated by the death of our parents, Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs,” read the statement, which was obtained by The Star Tribune. “We are heartbroken by this loss, and we ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
Besides owning a piece of the Vikings for a time, he also bought the Grain Belt beer company in the mid-1970s.
He later sold the beer brand to G. Heileman Brewing Company and the brewery to the city of Minneapolis.
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