Police: Brother of Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen found dead in North Carolina

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Monday, May 10, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The brother of a Chicago Bears player was found dead at a North Carolina electrical substation on Sunday, authorities said.

Tyrell Antar Cohen, brother of running back Tarik Cohen, is believed to have died by electrocution while trying to climb power equipment, according to Wake County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Eric Curry.

Curry said Tyrell Cohen fled the scene of a car accident in Raleigh early Saturday morning. Police tried to locate the 25-year-old but couldn't, so they called off the search.

Cohen's family filed a missing person report with the police department Saturday night, according to Curry, and officers started looking for him again Sunday morning.

The sheriff's office responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m. from a Duke Energy substation in its jurisdiction, where an employee had discovered Cohen's body, Curry said.

"He entered the substation, which may have been resulting from the accident," Curry said, according to The Raleigh News & Observer.

Authorities do not suspect foul play, according to news releases from Wake County deputies and Raleigh police.

Tarik Cohen grew up in Franklin County and graduated from North Carolina A&T State University.He has run for 1,585 yards and nine touchdowns in 51 games in four seasons with Chicago.

"We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen's twin brother, Tyrell," the Bears said in a statement late Sunday evening. "Our immediate thoughts and prayers go out to Tarik, his mother, Tilwanda, and the rest of their family and loved ones. On behalf of the entire Bears family, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to all who mourn his loss."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.