Garrett Reid, 29, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead inside his dorm room at Lehigh University early Sunday morning.
Lehigh Chief of Police Edward Shupp said a 9-1-1 call was made at 7:20 A.M. from Sayre Park Dormitories. Attempts were made to revive Reid, but to no avail. He was pronounced dead on arrival by Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.
Shupp said that there was no suspected suspicious activity and no cause of death has been given at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
“Garrett grew up with this team, which makes this news even harder for us to process,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. As he stepped away from the podium, he fell into athletic trainer Rick Burkholder’s arms in tears.
Andy was not present at practice Sunday morning due to what a team spokesman said were “personal reasons” and many amongst the media and on the social networks speculated about it pertaining to his children. Most hoped it would not be as devastating as this.
Garrett had a history of drug troubles starting in January of 2007 when he was found high on heroine after crashing his SUV into another car. This was the first time Andy had missed practice with the Eagles since that time.
He was sentenced to 23 months in prison after failing a random drug test while on parole. While serving time, Garrett was caught smuggling 89 pills in his rectum.
At the time, Common Pleas Judge Steven P. O’Neill called the Reid family “a family in crisis” and their home a “drug emporium.”
Garrett had rebounded from those troubling times and was assisting the Eagles’ strength coaches this year at training camp.
Coach Andy Reid has requested that training camp continue on without him under the supervision of coordinators Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo. Players and coaches were not available to the media following the morning practice.