Garrett Reid, son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead on Sunday morning in his dorm room. Garret Reid was found dead in his room at the Philadelphia Eagles team training camp in Lehigh, Pa.
“I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all,” Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a press statement statement. “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.”
Lehigh University Chief of Police Edward Schupp said in a press conference that a 911 call was made from the training camp at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday. Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room by a responding officer. Schupp said there were “no suspicious activities.” Police later stated suicide and foul play had been eliminated as causes for Garrett Reid’s death.
Throughout his life, Garret Reid had struggled with drug abuse and criminal activity. In 2007, Garrett Reid was sentenced to 23 months in prison after wrecking another driver’s car while high on heroin. Garrett Reid endured two years in a state drug rehabilitation program after being sentenced in 2008 for attempting to hide a large stash of prescription pills inside his body while in prison. According to friends and family, Garrett Reid had reportedly worked hard recently to make positive changes in his life and his father was excited to have him at training camp to help out.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid told team owner Jeffrey Lurie he plans to return to coaching later this week, possibly in time for the team’s preseason opener in Philadelphia against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Funeral services for Garrett Reid will be held on Tuesday.
“We ask sincerely that you respect the family’s privacy during this time … From a football perspective, I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp,” Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said.” 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.”