Andy Reid's Son Garrett Found Dead in Lehigh University Room at Eagles Camp

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett was found dead at 7:20 a.m. ET Sunday morning in his Lehigh University room at training camp, according to Eagles officials.

Reid was just 28 years old.


UPDATE: Sunday, August 5, 11:40 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

In the wake of the tragedy that has befallen the Reid family, Eagles head coach Andy Reid will be taking a leave of absence. In the meantime, the team will continue to operate normally with Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo taking the reins.

NBC Pro Football Talk is reporting about the Eagles’ team plans moving forward:

Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman said Sunday morning that training camp will continue as per Reid’s request. On that front, the team announced in the same statement that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be running the team while Reid and his family deal with their loss.

All the football talk associated with this means nothing on a grand scale in comparison to the sadness that the organization and the Reid family feel. If the Eagles players want to pay homage, they should give all they have on the field to make Andy’s life as easy as it could be.

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Police Chief Ed Schupp, told the media, "Attempts were made to revive Garrett when officers arrived, but they were unsuccessful," according to Comcast’s Reuben Frank.

While no cause was determined, the coroner said the investigation was ongoing, but no suspicious activity was believed to have taken place.

Andy Reid was not at practice this morning, but he instructed the team to continue training camp despite his absence. Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman was forced to break the news to the media and broke down crying in the process.

Garrett had a long history of trouble throughout his life, having served prison time for failing a drug test after spending time in a rehab facility. Reid’s first brush with trouble was in 2007 when he was found to be in possession of heroin and syringes after hitting another vehicle while driving.

Reid was also caught smuggling pills into prison before finally being released after seven months. Since his latest incidents with the law, the Reid family has been honest about Garrett’s struggles and come out to cheer him for his triumphs.

The cause of death is uncertain, but the sadness shared by everyone in this situation is for sure. Everyone in the Eagles organization or anyone who is a parent can sympathize with the sadness of losing a child, no matter how much trouble they may have gotten themselves into.

As more details begin to emerge on this tragic situation, we will bring you any updates we can.