The Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer made an emergency call to 911 after arriving home on Thursday night and discovering the lifeless body of his 50-year-old wife Vikki Zimmer.
According to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, foul play is not suspected in her death, but officials have not released any further details pending an autopsy. It will take several weeks before toxicology tests are available to determine exact cause of death but the coroner has now said that Vikki Zimmer died of natural causes.
Bengals president Mike Brown said, "We are stunned and saddened to learn of Vikki's passing. She was a warm and popular person in the Bengals family, and our immense respect and affection for Mike makes this especially hard. Our hearts go out to Mike and his family."
Zimmer has been an NFL defensive coordinator for 10-years, joining the Bengals in January 2008.
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.
Defensive coordinator Zimmer made the trip with the Bengals team to Baltimore on Saturday morning and was on hand to coach Sunday's game against the Ravens. He was accompanied by his father, Bill, son Adam and daughter Corri. His mother and another son remained in Cincinnati. The Bengals pulled out a 17-14 win, giving them sole possession of the AFC North. The game ball was presented to Zimmer.
Funeral arrangements are complete. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, October 13, at Holy Cross Immaculata Church in Cincinnati.
UPDATE: December 17, 2009: Tragedy struck the Bengals team again when receiver Chris Henry was killed after falling from the back of of pickup truck during a domestic dispute with his fiancee Loleini Tonga. See photos, video, 911 audio here.
View photos and funeral video below.