Death of Irwin Jacobs ruled a suicide, wife's death ruled a homicide

Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs Photo: Star Tribune
Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs

April 12, 2019 10:28 AM

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has determined well-known Twin Cities businessman Irwin Jacobs died by suicide, while ruling the death of his wife Alexandra a homicide.

The bodies of both Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs were found in their Orono home Wednesday. The two were both 77 years old.


A release from the medical examiner's office Friday said both died of multiple gunshot wounds.

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Police said the bodies were discovered after officers were called Wednesday morning to a residence at 1700 Shoreline Drive. They said when officers entered the home, they found a man and woman who were both dead. A handgun was also recovered.

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

The family had 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."

The medical examiner's release said Orono police continue to investigate the matter.

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