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Twin brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen is found dead in North Carolina

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen looks on before playing the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on Dec. 22, 2019.
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen looks on before playing the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on Dec. 22, 2019. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The twin brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was found dead at a North Carolina electrical substation Sunday, authorities said.

The News & Observer reports that Tyrell Antar Cohen is believed to have died by electrocution while trying to climb power equipment, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Eric Curry.

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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.

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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 newspaper.

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

The Bears tweeted Sunday evening: “We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen’s twin brother, Tyrell. Our immediate thoughts and prayers go out to Tarik, his mother, Tilwanda, and the rest of their family and loved ones.”

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Tarik Cohen grew up in Franklin County and graduated from North Carolina A&T.

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