Sadly, it has been reported the Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has died. According to ESPN, Garrett was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. Edward Shupp, police chief at Lehigh, said that a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. and that Garrett was deceased upon a policeman’s arrival at the campus dormitory. Shupp added, “There were no suspicious activities.” He was 29.
No cause of death has been determined and the Eagles practiced after gathering for a team prayer; Andy Reid was not present. Until Reid returns, assistants Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo will oversee the Eagles, just as they did today’s team walkthrough. Owner Jeffery Lurie said in a statement that, “This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children.”
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said in a statement that, “What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and (were) 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.”
Garrett and his younger brother, Britt, each had drug problems in the past. There was a time when Garrett worked in camp with the team’s strength and conditioning staff. Unfortunately, in 2007, he had problems with the law and was sentenced to 23 months in prison for smashing up another motorist’s car while he was high on heroin. Britt, his younger brother, received 22 months probation for a separate incident involving a gun and drugs that occurred the same day.
Joe Banner, a close friend of Reid and formerly Eagles team president, said Garrett Reid had been on an apparent path to sobriety since his sentencing two years ago. It involved a state drug rehab program he was in during July of 2008 after he had been caught with 89 prescription pills. Banner told USA Today Sports that, “He’s had a tough struggle. He seemed to be in a good place, which makes it all the more shocking. He had been around the team. If you talk to the players, they liked him and enjoyed him and he was doing a great job in the strength and conditioning work.” He added, “He seemed like he got his life back together and was doing something he was really enjoying and was doing it really well. And everybody was supporting him. And you get this kind of shocking news. It’s just incredibly sad.”
Eagles’ fans were saddened as well when hearing the news. Markese Clay and Jimmy McCray came from Philadelphia for the morning walkthrough hoping to get autographs. “I’m shocked and surprised,” said Clay, 30, upon hearing the news. “It sounds like the same thing as when Tony Dungy lost his son. It’s so sad.”
McCray’s son, Damaine, who is 9, was lucky enough to just get an autograph cornerback Dominique Rodgers Cromartie following a quiet walk-through. McCray said, “It’s a sad day for the Eagles. Our prayers and wishes go out to Andy Reid’s family.”
Garrett Reid Found Dead
Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, found dead in his room at Eagles training camp.
Eagles React To Garrett Reid’s Death
Michael Vick and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie react to the death of Garrett Reid, the oldest son of head coach Andy Reid.