The twin brother of 25-year old Chicago Bears running back, Tarik Cohen, was found dead this weekend near a Duke Power substation in Raleigh, North Carolina, after being electrocuted as he attempted to flee the scene of a car wreck.
Tyrell Antar Cohen’s cause of death has not been officially released, but evidence points to accidental electrocution, which appears to have occurred as Cohen came into contact with live energy from a transformer box while running from police after an auto collision that occurred shortly before 3am on Interstate 540. A single vehicle appeared to have overturned after hitting a concrete basin ahead of a highway off ramp. Cohen, it appears, then fled the vehicle and ran into a wooded area to escape police, who had been called to the scene of the car accident.
Within the wooded section is a Duke Power substation, which supplies electricity to over 30,000 homes in the area. Cohen seems to have approached the substation and in an attempt to hide from police, had climbed a fence topped with barbed wire and upon making it to the other side, came into contact with a live transformer. The Wake County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement on Sunday after Cohen’s body was discovered by a Duke Power employee in a fenced area of the power substation.
“It’s believed the man died of electrocution while attempting to climb some of the equipment,” WCSO said. The Cohen family has asked for privacy as they grieve, with NFL star Tarik Cohen Tweeting on Sunday, “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. God truly calls home the best and most worthy. I’ll just miss him forever. I got Riah and Trini Tyrell i swear to god.”
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