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Vikings call off Friday practice for Tony Sparano memorial service

Team will resume training camp on Saturday

July 24, 2018 - 11:18 am
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The Vikings have canceled Friday's training camp practice to allow the players to attend a memorial service for offensive line coach Tony Sparano.

Fans with tickets to Friday’s practice will be contacted directly by the Vikings ticket office.

The Vikings will return to regularly scheduled practices on Saturday.

Sparano died Sunday of heart disease, according to a report released Monday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Sparano died Sunday in his Eden Prairie home. He was 56 years old.

Team officials announced his passing on Sunday, saying it was unexpected.

According to the medical examiner, Sparano was pronounced dead at 8:54 a.m. Sunday at his Eden Prairie home.

His cause of death has been ruled arteriosclerotic heart disease, and his manner of death is natural. It’s described as a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, which puts blood flow at risk.

Sparano joined the Vikings coaching staff in 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.