Report: Businessman Irwin Jacobs and wife found dead in their Orono home

Lakeshore Weekly News reports bodies are that of Jacobs and his wife

WCCO Radio Newsroom
April 10, 2019 - 11:13 am

Two people found dead in an Orono home near Lake Minnetonka are believed to be that of local businessman Irwin Jacobs and his wife Alexandra.

The home is in the 1700-block of Shoreline Drive and belongs to Jacobs.  There is no official confirmation on the identities, other than the bodies are that of a man and a woman. Friends, however, confirm that they are in fact the couple.

Police say they were discovered Wednesday morning by someone who enters the house routinely.  They were in bed along with a gun but that there was never a threat to the public, nor are they looking for any suspects, according to investigators.

The 77-year old Jacobs was CEO of several corporations at one time or another, including Grain Belt Brewing, and now-bankrupt boat-builder Genmar. He also once owned a minority share of the Minnesota Vikings. Alexandra was an artist and in a wheelchair suffering from early signs of dementia.

Police continue to investigate and say formal identification will come from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.


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