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Girlfriend of Browns DE Chris Smith Tragically Dies in Auto Accident

CLEVELAND, OHIO - AUGUST 08: Defensive end Chris Smith #50 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates during the first half of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith has suffered a tragic loss.

Smith was involved in a car accident in I-90 in Ohio this morning. While the Browns DE was relatively uninjured, his girlfriend Petara Cordero was killed. Cordero, 26, had just given birth to their daughter, Haven, four weeks ago.

“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” Browns owner 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.”

Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in the 2014 NFL draft, has bounced around the NFL for six years, having played three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars and one with the Cincinnati Bengals before starting his two-year stint in Cleveland.

Smith has 66 tackles and 8.5 sacks during his career.

Our sincerest condolences go out to Smith and his family during this difficult time.