Prominent businessman, wife found dead in Orono, Minn. home near Lake Minnetonka

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Police in Orono, Minnesota are investigating the deaths of a prominent Minnesota businessman and his wife, who were found in their home Wednesday morning. 

A family friend confirmed with FOX 9 that Irwin Jacobs and his wife, were the two people found deceased. Jacobs was a former minority owner of the Minnesota Vikings who also owned several leisure boat companies, including Genmar Holdings.

Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said his department received a call from Hennepin County dispatch around 8:30 a.m. that two people had been found dead in a bed in a house at 1700 Shoreline Drive. Hennepin County property records show the home belongs to Jacobs. 

Officers responded to the home and found the bodies of a man and a woman, along with a gun. A gun was also found in the bed. Police do not believe there is a threat to the public. 

The deaths remain under investigation. 

The Jacobs family released the following statement Wednesday night. 

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