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Son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid Found Dead at Lehigh

Garrett Reid, son of Eagles football Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a Lehigh University dorm room on Sunday in the midst of the team's pre-season training camp.

 

The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid was found dead this morning in a dorm room at , where the team has . 

Garrett Reid, 29, was found in his bed at the Sayre Park dorms following and drug dealing. Reid was helping at camp with players' stength training and conditioning.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman made the announcement to reporters after the team's walk-through Sunday morning:

"It is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team, and that makes this news even harder for us to process. Our hearts go out to Andy, Tammy, Britt, Spencer, Crosby and Drew Ann. Coach has spent the morning informing his family. We ask sincerely that you respect the family's privacy during this time. The team has been informed of this news, as have (team owner) Jeffrey (Lurie) and (his wife) Christina."

No suspicious activity was reported. The death is under investigation.

Lehigh's Chief of Police Edward Schupp said an officer received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. Attempts to revive Garrett Reid were unsuccessful. 

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek pronounced Reid dead at the scene. 

Eagles practice set for 2:45 p.m today will continue as scheduled. Players have been instructed not to talk to media. 

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo oversaw the team's practice Sunday morning and will oversee the team until Reid returns, the team said.

The Eagles' first pre-season game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. The team's season opener is Sept. 9 at the Cleveland Browns.

Andy Reid and his family live in Villanova.

"On a personal note, we've been with Andy for a long time," Roseman said. "He's always been strong for us, we're going to be strong for him right now. As a father and a friend, we're all hurting."

Garrett Reid, a graduate of Harriton High School, had rebounded from a drug-troubled past and was helping at camp, philly.com said.

Garrett began using drugs after high school and struggled with drug addiction and drug dealing for close to 10 years.

Philly.com wrote an extensive report on the Reid family's upheavals in 2010.

Here is a timeline of Garrett Reid's troubled life leading up to today's tragedy at Eagle's Training Camp in Bethlehem:

2003: Garrett Reid enters drug rehab at age 20. Reid said he didn't use drugs until he graduated from high school but then started with marijuana and alcohol at age 18. That was followed by prescription pain killers Percocet and OxyContin and then cocaine and heroin, according to an ESPN news report.

January 2007: Garrett Reid ran a red light in Plymouth Township and crashed into a car. Syringes with heroin and testosterone were found in his SUV. He tested positive for heroin use.

(That same day in a separate incident, Garrett’s brother Britt pointed a handgun at another driver following a dispute. He pleaded guilty to a multiple charges including carrying a firearm without a license, a felony.)

Coach Andy Reid took a 39-day leave of absence from the team and accompanied his sons to drug rehab.

November 2007: Judge calls the Reids a “family in crisis” citing searches of Reid home that revealed both illegal and prescription drugs throughout the house. Garrett was called a drug addict and dealer who said he got a thrill out of selling drugs in "the 'hood." He was sentenced to 23 months in jail.

Reid smuggled 89 pills into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility by hiding them in his rectum.

May 2009: Garrett Reid returned to prison after getting into a fight at a halfway house where he was staying. Reid was incarcerated at Graterford Prison after beating up a fellow resident of the house where was lived as part of court-ordered drug treatment.

June 2010: Garrett Reid was no longer required to check into a halfway house because he’d been living clean, according to a Philly.com report.

August 2012: An officer received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 5 reporting an unresponsive man at the Sayre Park dormitories at Lehigh University. Attempts to revive Garrett Reid, 29, were unsuccessful and he was declared dead.

On Sunday morning, Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie released a statement:

“This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children.” 

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be overseeing the team until Andy Reid returns.

harry finster August 07, 2012 at 03:52 AM
if you could go around and see all the failed children of the wealthy/famous ,you would realize that as many childern suffer from wealth as poverty ,however wealthy people have the ability to be good parents and dont
A August 11, 2012 at 09:38 AM
My heart goes out to the Reid family and everyone who loves Garrett. I have also seen by the comments people have left that many dont understand drug addiction and the families that struggle with loved ones dealing with it. I don't feel the need to elaborate because I know first hand that describing these struggles and the pain it causes can't be understood by people who arent going through it. All i do know is that most of the time it has nothing to do with money or lack thereof, privilege, or lack of good parenting. On the parenting end, most people love to much, try their best, and find out their mistakes when it's too late. Hindsight is 20/20. Dont judge when you dont know, and dont think you know, because you dont.
Rick Liberatoscioli August 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If this were a black drug dealer selling heroin and meth to your kids .... the sentiments would be quite different. "The fault ..... is not in our stars but in ourselves." - Shakespeare
Kate September 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Here was a young man who had all the advantages of privilege and wealth and in his case likely a big contributing factor to his demise.
Kate September 08, 2012 at 02:52 AM
One of the young men you keep going on about asking for public sympathy had parents that maintained a blind eye to their son's criminal behavior. They knew he was robbing the neighbors and continued to ignore the blatant signs.

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