Garrett Reid, Son of Andy Reid, Found Dead

Garrett Reid, Andy Reid's oldest son, was found dead this morning at his dorm room in Lehigh.

Lehigh Police received a call at 7:20 this morning about an unresponsive male. Several attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Howie Roseman was near tears as he announced the news, saying that Reid insisted that training camp go on. After stepping away from the podium, Roseman broke into tears as Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder consoled him.

There was no announcement as to when Reid will return to the team. Reid was not present with the team this morning as they held their morning walkthrough. Players gathered in a prayer circle before practice, and did not speak afterwards. Marty Morhinweg and Juan Castillo oversaw the walkthrough this morning, and will continue to do so until Reid returns.

Eagles president Jeffery Lurie was set to speak to the media today at 1 p.m. for his annual "State of the Union" address, but that has reportedly been cancelled.

"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 Jeffery Lurie.

Garrett Reid's trouble in the past with drug issues have been well documented. In 2007 Reid was involved in a car accident, and it would later be discovered that he was high on heroin. After being sentenced to 23 months in jail because of a failed drug test, he was caught trying to smuggle drugs into jail. Reid later spent time in a halfway house.

Despite his struggles, Garrett Reid was turning his life around and was assisting the Eagles strength coaches at camp.

It is not known at this point if the death was drug related, but an investigation is on going.

Several players have tweeted their condolences, but perhaps no one summed it up better than backup offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde.

Sometimes we get caught up thinking that football is life. Then something happens that reminds us it's just a game. Today is that day.

Garrett Reid was 29 years old.

Full statements from Roseman, Lehigh police officer Ed Schupp, and North Hampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek after the jump.

How Roseman:

"I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It is with great sadness, the oldest son of Coach Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here in training camp. It's a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team, which 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 has Jeffrey [Lurie] 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 Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp. ...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."

Ed Schupp:

"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. No suspicious activity."

Zachary Lysek:

"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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