Garrett Reid had steroids on him when he passed away

Brian Garfinkel

Fair or not, this latest news regarding Garrett Reid's death is going to raise plenty of questions.

Northhampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced today that Reid did have steroids on him when he passed away earlier this year while working with the Eagles at training camp.

Morganelli said that the steroids found on Reid are commonly used by body builders.

Reid was found to have 19 unknown vials along with 47 syringes and 64 needles in his room when he passed away. While the cause of Reid's death is known to be due to a heroine overdose, the fact that Reid was working with Eagles players and had such a large amount of steroids on him will raise questions.

Morganelli said that there is no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to players, and that neither the NFL or the Eagles have inquired about the steroids.

Reid was working with the team as a strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death.

[Update by JasonB, 12/17/12 2:55 PM EST ] Andy Reid released the following statement in the wake of the news.

"As you all know, my son Garrett battled addiction for many years. While there were some victories along the way, it ultimately was a battle that he lost and that cost him his life. Our family feels the pain of that loss every day.

"Today's report saddens me greatly, but only confirms the troubles Garrett encountered in the final years of his life. As parents, we were encouraged by his apparent progress but, like many addicts, he was able to conceal the signs of relapse.

"Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles organization and the people of Philadelphia have been remarkably supportive of my family throughout our ordeal. I am confident that my son's decisions did not affect our football team in any way. I cannot apologize enough for any adverse appearances that my son's actions may have for an organization and a community that has been nothing but supportive of our family."

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie has also released a statement expressing his disappointment, but also affirming that no players have been found to be involved in steroids with Reid.

"The news today on Garrett Reid's possession of steroids is disappointing. It's clear the conduct in which he apparently engaged runs counter to the values and principles mandated for everyone associated with our organization. We have spoken with the league office and have pledged our full cooperation with their requests should there be any. While we remained saddened by the tragic end of a young man's life and know how hard this must be for the entire Reid family, we are extremely confident that Garrett's actions were unknown to those around him and did not involve our football team.

"The NFL has a rigorous drug testing program for its players. It is a matter of record that none of our players has tested positive for any of the steroids mentioned in the district attorney's report."

Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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