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Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, found dead

11:18 AM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
Garrett Reid, left, the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, seen in here in December, 2000, was reportedly found dead on Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was helping the Eagles' strength coaches during training camp. By Chris Gardner, AP
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was found dead at the team's training camp Sunday morning.

Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead in his Lehigh University dormitory room by campus police at 7:20 a.m. Sunday.

Players and coaches gathered in a group prayer before the team's 8:15 a.m. walk through here.

An hour later, general manager Howie Roseman and Lehigh University chief of police Edward Shupp addressed reporters.

"I have some heart-breaking news to share with you all," Roseman began. "It is with great sadness that I tell you that Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Coach Reid was found dead this morning in his room here in training camp. It's a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family.

"Garrett grew up with this team which makes this news even tougher to process.

"Our hearts go out to Andy, Tammy, Britt, Spencer, Cosby and Joanne,"

Garrett Reid had allegedly been drug free since his Nov. 7, 2007 court hearing following his arrest on drug and weapons charges and had been working with the team's strength and conditioning staff.

Reid, who last missed an Eagles practice to attend that court date, was not at the morning walk-through as he was informing family members of the loss.

Shupp said that Reid was found "unresponsive" by officers after a 911 call was placed to campus police.

"Upon arrival, it was observed that attempts were made to revive the individual and they were unsuccessful," Shupp said. "The individual, Garrett Reid was deceased upon the officers' arrival. There were no suspicious activities."

Coroner Zachary Lysek, who pronouced Reid deceased at the scene, said he is conducting an ongoing investigation at the request of Lehigh campus police.

Roseman said owner Jeffrey Lurie and his wife had been informed.

"From a football standpoint, I can tell you Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp," Roseman said. "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."

With that Roseman walked away from the podium and broke down in the embrace of team trainer Rick Burkholder.

Eagles fans Markese Clay and Jimmy McCray came from Philadelphia for the morning walk-through to seek autographs.

"I'm shocked and surprised," said Clay, 30, upon hearing the news. "It sounds like the same thing as when Tony Dungy lost his son. It's so sad."

McCray's son Damaine, 9, had just received an autograph from cornerback Dominque Rodgers Cromartie following a quiet walk-through.

"It's a sad day for the Eagles," McCray said. "Our prayers and wishes go out to Andy Reid's family."

It was announced that assistant coaches Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo will oversee team in Reid's absence.

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