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Son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid Found Dead at Lehigh

Garrett Reid, son of Eagles football Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a Lehigh University dorm room on Sunday in the midst of the team's pre-season training camp.

 

The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid was found dead this morning in a dorm room at , where the team has . 

Garrett Reid, 29, was found in his bed at the Sayre Park dorms following and drug dealing. Reid was helping at camp with players' stength training and conditioning.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman made the announcement to reporters after the team's walk-through Sunday morning:

"It is a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team, and that 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 have (team owner) Jeffrey (Lurie) and (his wife) Christina."

No suspicious activity was reported. The death is under investigation.

Lehigh's Chief of Police Edward Schupp said an officer received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. Attempts to revive Garrett Reid were unsuccessful. 

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek pronounced Reid dead at the scene. 

Eagles practice set for 2:45 p.m today will continue as scheduled. Players have been instructed not to talk to media. 

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo oversaw the team's practice Sunday morning and will oversee the team until Reid returns, the team said.

The Eagles' first pre-season game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. The team's season opener is Sept. 9 at the Cleveland Browns.

Andy Reid and his family live in Villanova.

"On a personal note, we've been with Andy for a long time," Roseman said. "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."

Garrett Reid, a graduate of Harriton High School, had rebounded from a drug-troubled past and was helping at camp, philly.com said.

Garrett began using drugs after high school and struggled with drug addiction and drug dealing for close to 10 years.

Philly.com wrote an extensive report on the Reid family's upheavals in 2010.

Here is a timeline of Garrett Reid's troubled life leading up to today's tragedy at Eagle's Training Camp in Bethlehem:

2003: Garrett Reid enters drug rehab at age 20. Reid said he didn't use drugs until he graduated from high school but then started with marijuana and alcohol at age 18. That was followed by prescription pain killers Percocet and OxyContin and then cocaine and heroin, according to an ESPN news report.

January 2007: Garrett Reid ran a red light in Plymouth Township and crashed into a car. Syringes with heroin and testosterone were found in his SUV. He tested positive for heroin use.

(That same day in a separate incident, Garrett’s brother Britt pointed a handgun at another driver following a dispute. He pleaded guilty to a multiple charges including carrying a firearm without a license, a felony.)

Coach Andy Reid took a 39-day leave of absence from the team and accompanied his sons to drug rehab.

November 2007: Judge calls the Reids a “family in crisis” citing searches of Reid home that revealed both illegal and prescription drugs throughout the house. Garrett was called a drug addict and dealer who said he got a thrill out of selling drugs in "the 'hood." He was sentenced to 23 months in jail.

Reid smuggled 89 pills into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility by hiding them in his rectum.

May 2009: Garrett Reid returned to prison after getting into a fight at a halfway house where he was staying. Reid was incarcerated at Graterford Prison after beating up a fellow resident of the house where was lived as part of court-ordered drug treatment.

June 2010: Garrett Reid was no longer required to check into a halfway house because he’d been living clean, according to a Philly.com report.

August 2012: An officer received a 911 call at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 5 reporting an unresponsive man at the Sayre Park dormitories at Lehigh University. Attempts to revive Garrett Reid, 29, were unsuccessful and he was declared dead.

On Sunday morning, Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie released a statement:

“This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children.” 

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be overseeing the team until Andy Reid returns.

Catherine A. Snyder August 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The part of life we hurt the worst is Death...We are sadden to hear of The Reids family's loss.Our prayers are with you...Remember * Moments * Laughter We do not Remember days we Remember Moments. May Gods Blessings & support of your family and friends help you through this time of sorrow.
TColCPA August 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
So sad for them. My heart and prayers to Andy Reid and their family
Jason Heminitz August 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I've been saying for the last couple years that it was time for Andy to go. That being said, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. I can't imagine burying one of my kids. Mr. Reid, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Pete Smith August 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
May his soul rest in peace, and our deepest sympathy to the Reid family.
Jim E August 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM
That's sad. 29 is real young. I can't imagine what it's like for a parent to lose a kid. I wish Andy and his family the best and hope he takes as much time as he needs to grieve.
Ave Turnbull August 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
May Garrett rest in peace, my thoughths and prayers go out to the Reid family. I can't imagine anything like this... God Bless you all...
Bob Linney August 05, 2012 at 07:23 PM
"...it was time for Andy to go." What a screwed-up statement. Did you really mean what you wrote? I can't believe anyone would write something as heartless as your comment, especially if you've been saying this "for the last couple years."
Pat Campbell August 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I am touched by the level of support perfect strangers share for this family And I hate to add on to the comments with something somewhat unrelated, but when these boards lit up a few weeks ago after two Conestoga grads were arrested for burglary, all we read was they were men, not kids, and that they were hooked on drugs because they were stupid. Well, perhaps we can see now why families need support when their kids (yes, kids) get involved with drugs. Reading Garrett's history, he started with marijuana and alcohol at 18 (and I'm sure no one was bothered by that -- boys will be boys) and then turned to pain killers...and ultimately to hard narcotics. So these Stoga kids who wrote here and bragged that they knew "hundreds of friends" who did "gateway" drugs and were now solid citizens need to realize that no one -- NO ONE -- takes any drug with any expectation at all of getting addicted. But once there, it is a whole new world. So now the Reids are not just lamenting their son being in jail, as Garrett was previously -- prison -- but now they must bury him. Can we try to have a little more compassion for these issues -- regardless of socio-economic background -- and understand why when we know the kids personally, we can try to support their family to get the kids help, and then welcome them back into the community and help them to maintain their sobriety?
harry finster August 05, 2012 at 09:13 PM
another pennsylvainia footballer bites the dust
Quentin Devine August 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
just goes to show, never put your job before family, Andy Reid failed to do his moral obligation in regard to raising healthy vibrant children
Quentin Devine August 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
he is from Utah, love the spelling of Pennsylvania btw
Quentin Devine August 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Andy lost focus of his family and now they are all suffering
Quentin Devine August 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM
imagine the lehigh student who has to live in a death dorm? sureal
Quentin Devine August 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
heard he scored some H at musikfest and was at the casino until 3 am
harry finster August 05, 2012 at 09:52 PM
yes pennsylvaina puts sports competition above quality child rearing ,it reminds me of charles dickens england
Jack August 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
This is so sad. My prayers are with the Reid family
Clayt Oneill August 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I feel so sorry for the Reid family and this tradjedy must remind all parents to be ever watchful of their kids; watch who their friends are, watch where they spend their time, watch how their doing in school and STOP IMMEDIATEDLY what you don't like. Your kids may not like you at the time but you can see what can happen. We grieve with you Mr. and Mrs. Reid, we're sorry for your loss.
Sue B August 05, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Addiction in this country is running amok with our loved ones, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, children, parents, neighbors and friends, When are we going to wake up and start taking some "genuine" action against this serious issue, Think about it... There is not one family in this country that is not affected in one way or another with drugs, We need a "national" program that will address the addictions, instead of jail/prison why can't , the courts send addicts to mandatory drug rehab, and I don't mean, six months, how about two years automatically, no early release, with a 5 year mandatory followup afterwards, we need solutions, not criticisms, Can you "joe public" brainstorm some ideas and get our states to listen
John Q. Public August 06, 2012 at 11:48 AM
While it's unlikely the Reid family will ever read the inappropriate comments here, some friends might. I question the wisdom of opening a death report to public comment.
Jeff Lugar August 06, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Nonsense. He has plenty of other children who didn't grow up to be drug-addled losers. His job had nothing to do with it.
slyfox August 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Some families seem to toss life by the wayside. They have it all – contacts, fortunes, fame, livelihoods, friends, and access to everything you would ever want or need. They want for nothing. Yet they throw it all away. Millions have so much less, deal with problems day by day, and become stronger for it. This makes no sense. I am sorry this happened and send my condolences to the family and friends that are involved with this boy.
Stephen Eickhoff August 06, 2012 at 03:53 PM
"Fans" will take any excuse to get rid of the coach, won't they?
Stephen Eickhoff August 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Seems like he kept his sons out of trouble until they were 18, when it's time for boys to become men. Even if he was responsible, how do you know it was too much focus on his job that caused the problem?
J August 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I agree 100% but parents do NOT watch, judge or comment on their friends or their choices anymore, to busy being a friend.
J August 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
you hit the nail on the head. He chose the Eagles and all their player problems over his son's who clearly were calling for help and LOVE for many years. Please don't tell me this was a loving family with the time spent by Reid on the road. He took of DAYS to try to help with the issues? Problems like that do not go away overnight or heal in a few weeks or months. The whole family needed counseling and time together. PLEASE SPARE ME BLEEDING HEART LIBERALS I only feel sorry for Garrett that Andy Reid is his father.
harry finster August 07, 2012 at 03:52 AM
if you could go around and see all the failed children of the wealthy/famous ,you would realize that as many childern suffer from wealth as poverty ,however wealthy people have the ability to be good parents and dont
A August 11, 2012 at 09:38 AM
My heart goes out to the Reid family and everyone who loves Garrett. I have also seen by the comments people have left that many dont understand drug addiction and the families that struggle with loved ones dealing with it. I don't feel the need to elaborate because I know first hand that describing these struggles and the pain it causes can't be understood by people who arent going through it. All i do know is that most of the time it has nothing to do with money or lack thereof, privilege, or lack of good parenting. On the parenting end, most people love to much, try their best, and find out their mistakes when it's too late. Hindsight is 20/20. Dont judge when you dont know, and dont think you know, because you dont.
Rick Liberatoscioli August 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If this were a black drug dealer selling heroin and meth to your kids .... the sentiments would be quite different. "The fault ..... is not in our stars but in ourselves." - Shakespeare
Kate September 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Here was a young man who had all the advantages of privilege and wealth and in his case likely a big contributing factor to his demise.
Kate September 08, 2012 at 02:52 AM
One of the young men you keep going on about asking for public sympathy had parents that maintained a blind eye to their son's criminal behavior. They knew he was robbing the neighbors and continued to ignore the blatant signs.

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