Tyrell Cohen, twin brother of Bears RB Tarik Cohen, found dead in North Carolina


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man reported missing Saturday night was found dead inside a power substation Sunday morning in Wake County, officials say.

Nexstar-affiliate WNCN reports that the Raleigh police later identified the man who died as Tyrell Antar Cohen, 25. Cohen is the brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen.  

“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen’s twin brother, Tyrell,” the Chicago Bears organization said in a statement. “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 incident was discovered just after 9 a.m. at a Duke Energy substation near the intersection of Lead Mine and Six Forks roads, according to a news release from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

A Duke Energy worker first discovered the man inside the fence line of the substation.

“It’s believed the man died of electrocution while attempting to climb some of the equipment,” a news release from Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry said.

At some point during the search for the man, Raleigh police and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were involved, the news release said.

“It’s believed that the subject entered the perimeter of the substation while fleeing from law enforcement,” Curry said.

Saturday night, a family member filed a missing person’s report with Raleigh police after the man failed to return home.

Raleigh police resumed the search Sunday morning after the report was filed.

“Foul play is not suspected,” Curry said.

Tarik Cohen, in a series of now-deleted messages on Twitter, sought information about the whereabouts of his brother.

“RALEIGH/DURHAM AREA Have you seen my brother ?” Cohen wrote. “Last seen 2 a.m. at Heroes pub on six forks rd. Wearing a red shirt and white shoes !! 5’6” 165.

“Could be on foot in the woulds [sic] around 540 and six forms. Possibly injured ! RT if you’re in the area please .”

Cohen has not acknowledged the incident as of this writing.

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