Who was Tyrell Cohen? Chicago Bears star Tarik Cohen's twin, 25, dies of electrocution in NC while fleeing cops
Tyrell Cohen reportedly fled after North Carolina State Highway Patrol tried to initiate a traffic stop
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: The twin brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was found dead on Sunday, May 9. The Raleigh police department said he was electrocuted while trying to climb equipment at an electrical company to flee law enforcement.
Police identified the body of Tyrell Antar Cohen, 25, after he was reported missing and later found dead at the Duke Energy substation. On Sunday, May 9, shortly after 9 am Sunday, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker stated that deputies responded to the Duke Power substation near Lead Mine and Six Forks Roads, after an employee found the body of a man inside the substation’s perimeter.
Cohen's family member filed a missing person’s complaint with the Raleigh Police Department on Saturday, May 8 night, after Cohen failed to return home. Raleigh police resumed the search the very next morning after the report was filed. Duke Energy personnel also assisted law enforcement.
BREAKING🚨: Body found today off Lead Mine Road at a @DukeEnergy substation in Wake County. Sheriffs office says the man was electrocuted trying to climb equipment. It’s believed the man was trying to get away from law enforcement. No identity yet. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/836COuJMcR— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) May 9, 2021
Officer Baker also stated that North Carolina State Highway Patrol tried to initiate a traffic stop before Cohen went missing. "We believe at this point, it is connected to a missing person case being investigated by the Raleigh Police Department," Sheriff Baker told our sister station WTVD. No foul play is suspected in the case.
Tarik Cohen, a Chicago Bears four-year veteran was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018. He reported that his fraternal twin missing on Saturday, May 8 according to a since-deleted tweet. Tarik wrote in part: “RALEIGH/DURHAM AREA Have you seen my brother ? Last seen 2 am at Heroes pub… Could be on foot in the woulds (sic)… Possibly injured !” Tarik has not commented publicly about his brother’s death. His team, the Bears, said they were “heartbroken” and extended condolences to the Cohen family.
"We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen’s twin brother, Tyrell," the Chicago Bears said in a statement released by the organization 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.” Sadly, this is the second tragedy in the Cohen family in recent years. In 2019, Tarik's half-brother, Dante Norman, was shot and paralyzed from the waist down.