Former NFL Owner and Wife Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide, Their 5 Children in Mourning

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April 11, 2019Apr 11, 2019

The sad news broke on Thursday that a Minnesota couple had died in their Minneapolis mansion. They were found inside the residence with a handgun on the bed, confirmed Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok according to PEOPLE

The couple found was renowned businessman and former part-owner of the Minnesota Vikings Irwin Jacobs and his wife. It is believed to be a murder-suicide.

The bodies were discovered in a bed next to a handgun by a routine visitor on Wednesday morning.

“Officers with the Orono Police Department made entry into the home. Upon entering, we found two individuals deceased — one adult male, one adult female — they were both inside the house and a gun was recovered,” Farniok said.

The police refused to release the identities of the deceased. However, the couple's five children released a statement through Jacobs' company Jacobs Management Corp.

The press release confirmed that 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.”

The police said that they are not concerned about a threat to the community. They called it a “contained situation.” Later that week, the coroner confirmed the causes of death for the Jacobs. 

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has confirmed the causes of deaths of Jacobs and his wife Alexandra. Irwin Jacobs’ death was ruled a suicide, while his wife’s death was ruled a homicide. Both died of “multiple gunshot wounds.”

Dennis Mathisen, one of Irwin’s longtime business partners, shared his view of the events. He said that Irwin killed his wife before killing himself.

“[Alexandra] had been in a wheelchair for the last year or so and had signs of dementia. Irwin was just distraught over her condition,” he told the Star Tribune.

Irwin was well-known in the business world. In the 1980s, he owned a minority share of the Minnesota Vikings but had sold it by 1991. At one time or another, he also owned Grain Belt Beer Company, Genmar Holdings Co., J.R. Watkins Co., and Jacobs Trading Co.

Please pray for their family as they deal with the tragic situation. This is undoubtedly a hard time for their five children.

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