Oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid dies
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club's training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined. "There were no suspicious activities," Shupp said.
Garrett Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.
Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems recently and was assisting the Eagles' strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches' sons.
The Eagles practiced yesterday morning after gathering for a team prayer, but Andy Reid was not present. Assistants Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo ran the walk-through and will oversee the team until Reid returns. Owner Jeffrey Lurie said he expects him back this week. Yesterday's afternoon session went on, but Lurie canceled his annual state of the team address.
Expressions of sympathy came from around the league. "My condolences go out to Coach Reid and his family," quarterback Michael Vick tweeted. "Stay strong and we LOVE you coach." -- AP