Petara Cordero was the girlfriend of Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Chris Smith. Cordero tragically passed away at the age of 26 on September 11, 2019, two weeks after giving birth to the couple’s first child. Cordero, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, had turned 26 in July 2019.
According to Smith and Cordero’s baby registry, the couple’s baby daughter was due on August 17. Instagram posts from both Cordero and Smith indicate that their baby, named Haven Harris Smith, was born on or around August 27.
On the afternoon of September 11, dozens of tributes to Cordero had appeared on Facebook. Her brother confirmed her sad passing in a heartbreaking Facebook post that read, “I love you beautiful you will forever be missed I cant believe this. I cant believe I even got that call. I cant believe I’m even writing this. Rest in heaven baby sis I love you! 😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥 this shit hurts so bad!!!!”
One tribute from a friend read, “R.I.P Petara Cordero 🕊❤️.The memories we made will never fade, the laughs we had will never be forgotten, the memories we created will forever be cherished. You were a special person and it hurts my soul knowing you are gone. I’m not an emotional person but for you I will shed some tears. Praying for not only your family to get through this but also your boyfriend and y’all newborn daughter. I love you PT.”
While another friend said, “A beautiful soul, Petara Cordero. I can’t believe I’m seeing this. My heart hurts. Your amazing smile, your sweet soul, and that laugh all of us SW Wild Wing fam WILL never forget. I just pray for strength for your family, and that sweet babygirl you just had. I can’t wrap my head around this. Gone way too soon. Fly high babygirl.”
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This a forever thing, I love you through everything. ❤️
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Cordero’s final Instagram post showed her with Chris Smith. The caption for the photo read, “This is a forever thing, I love you through everything.” Cordero had spoken lovingly about Smith in an Instagram post on her …read more