Twin Brother of Bears Running Back Tarik Cohen Found Dead in North Carolina

Authorities believe the 25-year-old died of electrocution while trying to climb equipment at an electrical substation

The body of Tyrell Cohen, the twin brother of Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, was found Sunday morning at an electrical substation in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cohen, 25, was reported missing Saturday night after he failed to return home, WRAL, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, reported.

At approximately 9 a.m., Wake County sheriff's deputies responded to a Duke Energy substation after an employee discovered a body inside the station's perimeter. Authorities believe Cohen died of electrocution while trying to climb equipment.

Investigators said that Cohen was involved in a single-car collision on a nearby interstate and fled on foot before authorities arrived.

A close family friend, who wished not to be identified, told WRAL that Cohen loved being a father.

"That man was a dedicated father, a loving family member," the family friend said. "Every time I've seen him, he's always had a smile on his face."

Tarik Cohen, who was drafted by the Bears in 2017, grew up in Bunn, North Carolina, outside Raleigh, and attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

The Cohen family friend said Tarik and Tyrell had a tight bond.

"They are like, you don't mean like, peas in a pod," the family said. "Like, he's a very loving person. You know what I mean, dedicated to his family."

In a statement, the Bears said it was heartbroken to learn of Tyrell Cohen's death.

"Our immediate thoughts and prayers go out to Tarik, his mother, Tilwanda, and the rest of their family and loved ones," the statement read. "On behalf of the entire Bears family, we extend our most heartfelt sympathies to all who mourn his loss.”

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