The twin brother of a Chicago Bears running back was found dead by electrocution and authorities said that he was fleeing from the scene of a car accident before his death.
Tarik Cohen, 25, of the Chicago Bears had tweeted asking for the public’s help in finding his missing brother, Tyrell Cohen, on Saturday.
“Could be on foot in the [woods] around 540 and six forks,” Tarik said in the tweet he later deleted. “Possibly injured!”
A day later his brother’s body was discovered by a worker at an electrical substation in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Law enforcement officials said that it appeared that he was trying to climb electrical equipment when he was electrocuted. He had run away from the one-car accident around 2 a.m. Saturday and into the substation.
The Chicago Bears issued a statement about the incident Monday.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Tarik Cohen’s twin brother, Tyrell,” the statement read. “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.”
On Monday, Tarik Cohen posted a statement via his Twitter account to fans about the death of his brother.
“While we appreciate the condolences thoughts and prayers, we ask that you respect our privacy during this time. Let us grieve. Please and thanks. Long live Me,” he tweeted.
“I lost my brother , my twin, myself . What a great man he was . I’m glad i got to express just how much i love him while he was here,” he added in a second tweet. “God truly calls home the best and most worthy. I’ll just miss him forever.”
Tyrell Cohen leaves behind a longtime girlfriend and two daughters, 3 and 7 years old.