As the Cleveland Browns prepare for their game against the New York Jets this weekend, the team received heartbreaking news.
In a statement from the team, the Browns announced that Petara Cordero, the girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith, has passed away. She was 26 years old.
Per the Browns official statement, Smith and Cordero suffered a tire malfunction while driving that led to a car accident. They emerged from the accident relatively unscathed, but Cordero was fatally struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Her death comes just two weeks after she gave birth to the couple’s first child.
“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time.”
Here’s the full statement from the team.
“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara.”
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 11, 2019
Cordero gave birth to Haven Harris Smith on August 27. Smith announced the birth of the couple’s daughter late last month.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Cordero’s family and loved ones.