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Garrett Reid found DEAD in dorm room at Lehigh Univ
Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a Lehigh University dorm room early Sunday morning, the team said.
Reid’s body was discovered by an "Eagles official," who called police at 7:20 a.m. to report that he was unresponsive, according to Edward Shupp, Lehigh University Chief of Police. Shupp declined to say who the Eagles official was, but said it was not Andy Reid.
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Shupp said police arrived at the dorm room at 7:21 a.m. An autopsy is expected to be completed in 24 to 48 hours, he said.
“There is no indication of a suicide or foul play,” Shupp said.
The 29-year-old son of Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, had been assisting the team, helping out with strength and conditioning during training camp. Garrett Reid had a troubled past that involved drug addiction and stints in prison.
"This is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "Garrett grew up with this team, which makes this news even harder for us to process."
Garrett is the eldest of the Reids' five children. Roseman said that Andy Reid spent the morning informing his family and Eagles owners Jeffrey and Christina Lurie. A press conference with Jeffrey Lurie had been scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., but was canceled following news of Garrett Reid's death.
"The news is heartbreraking for everyone in the Eagles family," Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children."
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo oversaw the team's practice Sunday morning and will oversee the squad until Reid returns, the team said.
The Eagles' first preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. The team's season opener is Sept. 9 at the Cleveland Browns. The Eagles' afternoon practice will take place at 2:45 p.m. as scheduled.
"From a football perspective, I can tell you Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp," an emotional Roseman said at the Lehigh practice fields. "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.”
Shupp, in a statement delivered after Roseman spoke, said that his office received a 911 call at approximately 7:20 a.m. this morning of an unresponsive male in the Sayre Park dorms. The Eagles reside at Sayre Park during camp.
"Upon arrival attempts were made to revive the individual," Shupp said. "They were unsuccessful. ... There were no suspicious activities."
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said that he was conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh police department.
"I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene," Lysek said. "The investigation will be ongoing."
Reid was not present for the start of the Eagles' walkthrough Sunday morning. The Eagles originally said that Reid was dealing with a personal issue and that they would issue an update following practice.
The Eagles coach is a familiar presence at the team's practices, always hovering in his matching black shorts and shirt. The team was seen gathering together in prayer before practice, an ominous sign that something was amiss.
Players and coaches were not made available for interview following the morning walkthrough.
The last time Reid was believed to miss a practice was in November 2007 to appear in court with Garrett, after his son was arrested on gun and drug charges. Britt Reid, the Reids' second eldest son, was involved in a separate incident involving drugs and a gun on the same day as Garrett.
Reid later took a six week-long leave of absence during the 2008 offseason as his sons faced criminal charges. Garrett Reid was sentenced 23 months for smashing up another motorist's car while he was on heroin.
Britt Reid was sentenced 22 months plus probation. Reid, who works as a graduate assistant for the Temple football program, got married this July near the Reids' summer home in Southern California.