Garrett had a long battle with drugs, admitting to police that he had used heroin prior to a serious 2007 car accident. Authorities recovered syringes with heroin and testosterone as well as amphetamines, pain killers, and anti-depressants from the Jeep at the time.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman and chief of police at Lehigh, were Eagless camp is being held, to read statement to media regarding Reid's absence— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 5, 2012
Roseman says it is with great sadness that Coach Reid's oldest son was found dead this morning. Team was informed this morning.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 5, 2012
Roseman says Reid asked that training camp go on. Incredibly emotional time for all here. This is heartbreaking.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 5, 2012
Police say no suspicious activites at this time. Coroner says investigation ongoing with police.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 5, 2012
Awful story with a gut wrenching, tragic ending.
Crossing Broad passes along the full Eagles statement as well as video of GM Howie Roseman's presser.
General manager Howie Roseman informed the media following this morning's walkthrough that Garrett Reid, the oldest son of head coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning at Lehigh. Here is the full transcription of that announcement.
Roseman: "I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It is with great sadness that I tell you that Garrett Reid, the oldest son of coach Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here in training camp. 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 Jeffrey and Christina. The chief will speak to you in a minute about what is known about this event. From a football perspective, I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp. I'm going to turn it over to chief Shupp in a minute. On a personal note, we've been with Andy for a long time. 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. Thank you."
The Eagles then released a statement:
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.
ED SHUPP, LEHIGH UNIVERSITY POLICE CHIEF: “This morning, at approximately at 7:20 a.m., I received a 911 call about an unresponsive male at Sayre Park dormitories. On arrival, attempts were made to revive the individual were unsuccessful. Garrett Reid was deceased on the officer’s arrival. There was no suspicious activity.”
ZACHARY LYSEK, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY CORONER: “What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and requested to respond for the discovery of a deceased male. We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh campus police department and I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene. The investigation will be ongoing.”
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