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NFL Star’s Twin Brother Dies By Electrocution While Running From Police

Raleigh, NC – The twin brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen died by electrocution while trying to climb equipment at an electrical substation after he fled from police, according to investigators.

The incident began at approximately 2 a.m. on May 8, when 25-year-old Tyrell Cohen got into a single-vehicle crash near Six Forks Road and Interstate 540, a Wake County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) spokesperson told WRAL.

According to the Raleigh Police Department (RPD), Tyrell took of running from the scene and escaped from officers.

Police continued searching the area on Sunday morning after Tyrell’s family members contacted the department to file a report because he had failed to come home, WRAL reported.

“RALEIGH/DURHAM AREA Have you seen my brother ?” Tarik Cohen said in a since-deleted tweet on Saturday, according to the New York Post. “Last seen 2 am at Heroes pub… Could be on foot in the woulds (sic)… Possibly injured !”

The WCSO received a call shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday that an employee at the Duke Power substation near Six Forks Road and Lead Mine Road had found a man’s body inside the perimeter of the substation property, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said.

Investigators identified the body as that of Tyrell Cohen, WRAL reported.

The WCSO said it is believed Tyrell Cohen was fatally electrocuted while trying to climb equipment inside the substation.

He leaves behind his girlfriend and two daughters, WRAL reported.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen’s twin brother, Tyrell,” the Chicago Bears said in a statement on Saturday night. “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.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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