Tony Sparano update: Vikings assistant died of heart disease, medical examiner says | NFL


Vikings assistant coach Tony Sparano died from arteriosclerotic coronary heart illness, the Hennepin County (Minn.) Medical Examiner’s workplace stated in a launch Monday night (through Minneapolis Star Tribune).

Sparano, 56, died Sunday morning after collapsing within the kitchen of his residence in Eden Prairie, Minn.

EMTs had been referred to as shortly after his spouse, Jeanette, discovered Sparano unconscious simply earlier than 9 a.m. CT. He had complained of chest pains Thursday and went to the hospital Friday however was launched.

In accordance with Star Tribune, Sparano’s youngsters — sons Tony and Andrew and daughter Ryan Leigh — had been en path to Minnesota on Monday. Funeral preparations had not been finalized.

Vikings rookies report for coaching camp Tuesday “beneath a cloud of sorrow that renders soccer issues somewhat insignificant,” the Star Tribune famous.

Crew homeowners Mark and Zygi Wilf issued an announcement Sunday:

“Our hearts exit to Jeanette and the complete Sparano household as all of us mourn the lack of Tony. Tony was a passionate and pushed particular person who cared deeply about his household, and particularly loved spending time along with his grandchildren. Tony’s presence inside the Vikings group can be deeply missed. We’re solely pondering of Tony’s household throughout this extremely troublesome time. We ask that the complete NFL and Vikings household preserve the Sparanos of their ideas,” .

He had been with the Vikings since 2016 beneath head coach Mike Zimmer.

Sparano served as Dolphins head coach from 2008-11, posting a 29-32 document, and was the interim Raiders head coach in 2014, going Three-9.

He additionally coached with the Browns, Redskins, Jaguars, Cowboys, Jets and 49ers all through his 20-year NFL profession.

Earlier than he broke into the skilled ranks, Sparano spent six seasons at Boston Faculty because the offensive line coach earlier than being promoted to offensive coordinator.

He returned to his alma mater New Haven in 1994 because the workforce’s head coach and boasted a 41-14 document in 5 seasons earlier than transferring on with the Browns.


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