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Wife of Bengals' Zimmer Dies

The wife of Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer died Thursday, the team announced.

"We are stunned and saddened to learn of Vikki's passing," Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a written statement released by the team Friday. "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 are out to Mike and his family."

The Bengals did not provide further details about Vikki Zimmer's death. She and Mike Zimmer were married for 27 years and had three children, according to the team.

"Mike is part of our Bengals family, and we'll support him in every way we can," Coach Marvin Lewis said in a written statement. "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."

Funeral arrangements were incomplete, according to the Bengals.

By Mark Maske  |  October 9, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  | Category:  Bengals Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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