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Cause Of Death Released For Vikings Assistant Coach Tony Sparano

tony sparano's team photo with the vikings

Over the weekend, the Minnesota Vikings experienced the tragic loss of offensive line coach Tony Sparano. The veteran NFL coach passed away early Sunday morning at age 56.

Over the weekend, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Sparano had gone to the hospital last Thursday complaining of chest pains. He was released on Friday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Sparano's wife found him unresponsive Sunday morning.

According to the Hennepin County medical examiner, via ESPN, Sparano died of arteriosclerotic heart disease.

Sparano worked in the NFL for more than 20 years after a five-year stint as the head football coach at New Haven. He was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11 and the interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2014. His death led to a series of moving tributes from former players.

Sparano's death is an absolute tragedy. The Vikings somehow have to open training camp with their rookies on Tuesday after this happened as well.