Andy Reid’s Son Garrett Found Dead in Dorm
Andy Reid's oldest son, Garrett, was found dead in his dorm room at 7:20 a.m. this morning in Lehigh. Reid has a history of drug issues, starting with a January, 2007 arrest for crashing his car while high on heroin.
The Eagles held Sunday morning's practice, but Andy Reid wasn't present. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told reporters that Reid asked the team to go forward with training camp.
Edward Schupp, Chief of Police at Lehigh, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. Schupp said Garrett Reid was deceased upon a policeman's arrival at the campus dormitory. Schupp added "there were no suspicious activities."
Players gathered for a team prayer before the walk-through began, and were told not to speak to reporters afterward.
Garrett Reid had been assisting the Eagles' strength coaches at training camp.
Garrett Reid was sentenced to two years in a state drug rehabilitation program in July 2008 after being caught with 89 prescription pills inside his rectum at the Montgomery County Prison. He was in the county prison on charges related to a January 2007 car crash that seriously injured a woman.
In November, 2007, Garrett Reid, who was then 24 years old, was sentenced to 23 months in prison for smashing up another motorist's car while he was high on heroin. His younger brother Britt got 22 months plus probation.
Andy Reid had taken a five-week leave of absence form the team in February, 2007 to deal with his family's crisis.
At the time of his sentencing, Garrett Reid said, "I don't want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD'd and just faded into oblivion."
STATEMENT FROM THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The Philadelphia Eagles are sad to announce that Garrett Reid, the oldest son of head coach Andy Reid, has died. Garrett Reid, 29, had been attending Eagles training camp with his father and was found in his room this morning. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo oversaw the team’s walk-through this morning, and will oversee the team until Reid’s return.
“This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children,” said Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie.
The team will share further updates as information becomes available.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.