Garrett Reid was found dead in his room at Lehigh University Sunday morning. Andy was, of course, absent from the practice field today. Eagles GM Howie Roseman broke the news to the press:
“I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It is with great sadness that I tell you Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Coach Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here at training camp. This is a tough morning for all us.”
Indeed. Some of you readers may recall that Garrett had a history of drug abuse and run-ins with the law as a result. In 2008, he was sentenced to two years of drug rehab after being found having nearly 100 prescription pills in his rectum while in prison for a car crash the previous year that left a woman seriously injured. Garrett was found to be under the influence of heroin at the time.
Edward Schupp, Chief of Police at Lehigh, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. and added that Garrett Reid was deceased upon a policeman’s arrival at the campus dormitory. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he stated there were “no suspicious activities” present, which leads this writer to believe it was likely a drug overdose but toxicology reports won’t be available for a few weeks.
What is, or should be, well-known is that prescription painkillers mixed with alcohol work together to depress the central nervous system and can cause respiratory arrest if taken too closely together. Such a thing should never be done under any circumstances, but at this point the cause of death is conjecture.
Ironically, when Garrett was sentenced for the heroin-induced auto accident, he said “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 29 years old.