By Danny Cox
At the beginning of August, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid lost his oldest son, Garrett Reid. The younger Reid was found dead in his room at Eagles training camp at Lehigh University, and the cause of death was not exactly known. Word has finally been released that it was an accidental heroin overdose that took the life of Garrett Reid.
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said that a toxicology test did confirm the presence of heroin in Reid’s body. Investigators ended up finding a used syringe and spoon in his room. They also found a gym bag filled with dozes of syringes and needles, many of which were unopened.
In all, 47 syringes and 65 needles were found in Reid’s gym bag. There were also 19 vials of an unknown liquid that will undergo further testing to determine what it is.
“We are confident today that Mr. Reid’s death was the result of a self-injected lethal dose of heroin,” District Attorney John Morganelli said at a news conference in Easton.
The 29-year-old Reid was actually a recovering drug addict looking to turn his life around, and many thought he had. Garrett had been working with his father and the Eagles, and seemed to be doing well.
Andy Reid believes that his son may have had a relapse. After Garrett’s death on Aug. 5, 2012, Coach Reid released a statement that hinted at his son’s possible struggles in keeping clean.
Coach Reid said that Garrett had “lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years.”
A statement released from the Reids through the Eagles let it be known just what will be missed.
“These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along,” the family’s statement said. “We understood that Garrett’s long-standing battle with addiction was going to be difficult. He will, however, always have our family’s love and respect for the courage he showed in trying to overcome it. In the end, we take comfort in our faith and know that he’s in a better place.”
D.A. Morganelli says that now with the reveal of how Garrett died, the investigation will turn to the person that supplied him the drugs. Learning the identity of his supplier will hopefully be learned by going through Garrett’s phone records to see who he was in contact with in the months leading up to his death.
Sadly, Reid’s body showed plenty of signs indicating chronic drug use.
Back in 2007, Reid was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a high-speed car accident that injured another driver. Garrett was actually high on heroin at the time and police found the drug and more than 200 pills in his vehicle.
At his hearing, Garrett seemed remorseful and also hopeful that his life could be turned around.
“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,” he told the judge at his sentencing hearing.
Andy Reid is hoping that his younger son Britt won’t end up following in his late brother’s footsteps any more. Britt also has had problems with drugs and was arrested for a road rage incident on the same day that Garrett was in 2007.
Britt Reid now works as a graduate assistant coach at Temple University.
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