The former part-owner of the Minnesota Vikings and his wife were reportedly found dead Wednesday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.
According to the Star Tribune, the bodies of Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs, both 77, were discovered at their mansion in Orono. Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said an unidentified person who routinely enters the home found the couple dead in a bed along with a handgun.
Dennis Mathisen, a longtime business associate of Irwin, told the outlet that Irwin killed his wife and himself. Mathisen said Alexandra, an accomplished painter and sculptor, had been in a wheelchair for the past year and was showing signs of dementia, describing Irwin as “distraught” over the situation.
However, Mathisen claimed he spoke with Irwin three days earlier and that he didn’t reveal plans to kill his wife and himself.
“He was upbeat. I talked with his son Mark yesterday, and he talked to both of them. He said Irwin seemed up,” he told the Star Tribune.
On scene at property on shoreline drive in Orono. Sheriff's office says dead man and woman found in home here. pic.twitter.com/AYutheQGTB
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Irwin had a stake in the Vikings in the 80s but has reportedly since sold his shares. Minnesota Public Radio described Irwin as a corporate raider, who buys large stakes of companies to either gain control of them or resell them for a profit. A 1987 report by Fortune estimated Irwin’s personal net worth as $200 million.
The couple’s children confirmed their parents’ deaths in a statement obtained by the outlet. Authorities have not confirmed the identities of the two bodies or revealed how they died. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office is expected to disclose their identities and cause of death, according to Lakeshore Weekly News.
“Our family is shocked and devastated by the death of our parents,” the Jacobs’ children said. “We are heartbroken by this loss, and we ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
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