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Son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid found dead at training camp dorm

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday in a dorm room at the NFL team's Lehigh University training camp, where he spent most of his summers with his father.

The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Reid was dead when a police officer arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

"There is no indication of a suicide or foul play," Shupp said.

Reid, 29, 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 and was assisting the Eagles' strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon role for NFL coaches' sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.

In the midst of his legal troubles in his early 20s, Reid said he "got a thrill" out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents' suburban Villanova mansion.

"I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life," Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. "I could go anywhere in the 'hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer."

At his sentencing hearing, Reid told the judge: "I don't want to die doing drugs. I don't want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD'd and just faded into oblivion."

Reid was the oldest of five children. His younger brother, Britt, also had problems with drug use and was arrested on the same day as Garrett in 2007 for a road-rage encounter. Police discovered weapons and drugs in Britt Reid's vehicle

The Eagles practiced Sunday morning after gathering for a team prayer, but Andy Reid was not present. Owner Jeffery Lurie said he expected Reid, 54, entering his 14th season in Philadelphia, back this week.

Lurie canceled his annual state of the team address. "Today is one of life's tough days," he said. "Andy is a rock-solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. And today, he exhibited it all."

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."

Authorities had few details about Garrett Reid's death. "We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the … campus police department," Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek said.

Andy Reid took a leave of absence in the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family.

"He's always been strong for us; we're going to be strong for him right now," general manager Howie Roseman said. "As a father and a friend, we're all hurting."

Son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid found dead at training camp dorm 08/05/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 5, 2012 7:51pm]
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