Businessman Irwin Jacobs, wife found dead in Orono home

April 10, 2019 10:20 PM

Prominent Twin Cities businessman Irwin Jacobs and his wife Alexandra Jacobs were found deceased in their Orono home Wednesday. 

Police said the bodies were discovered after officers were called Wednesday morning to a residence at 1700 Shoreline Drive.


The family confirmed the deaths in a statement Wednesday night, asking for privacy as they grieve.

"Our family is shocked and devastated by the death of our parents, Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs," the statement read. "We are heartbroken by this loss, and we ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time."

Authorities said the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office would make the official identification and determine the official cause of death.

Police said when officers entered the home, they found a deceased man and woman. A handgun was also recovered.

The Orono Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office are investigating.

Jacobs' wife suffered a fall a number of years ago and had struggled with pain ever since.

A spokesperson for Special Olympics Minnesota - a cause Jacobs supported - released the following statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Wednesday afternoon:

"Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Irwin & Alexandra Jacobs and our hearts and prayers go out to the Jacobs family and friends. Irwin Jacobs was a historic figure in the Special Olympics movement as he served as the chairman of the Special Olympics World Summer Games when it was hosted in Minnesota in 1991.

"Jacobs rallied the support of business leaders in the Twin Cities to make this event a huge success and the largest sporting event in the world in 1991. This event turned the world spotlight onto the Special Olympics movement and created a new trajectory for the quality of our competitions."

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