Findings today on death of Garrett Reid

Posted: October 19, 2012

The Northampton County District Attorney's Office plans to release results this afternoon of its investigation into Garrett Reid's death.

District Attorney John M. Morganelli plans to make the announcement at 2 p.m.

Reid, 29, son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead Aug. 5 in a Lehigh University dormitory room during Eagles training camp.

There were no indications of suicide or foul play at the time. Andy Reid, though, released a statement shortly after the death, alluding that drug use likely played a role. Reid said his son "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years."

Early this afternoon, reported that a source revealed that Garrett Reid died of a heroin overdose, but no confirmation was available prior to the news conference.

Garrett Reid suffered from drug addiction for much of the last decade.

He had been working for the Eagles as a strength and conditioning coach and had been a fixture around the team since his release from prison in 2009.

He had a long, troubled past involving drug addiction.

In January 2007, after a car accident that injured another person, the eldest of Reid's five children admitted using heroin, then failed drug tests prior to his sentencing to two to 23 months behind bars. Later that year, he was charging with trying to smuggle prescription drugs into jail, and May 2009 tested positive upon returning from a furlough from a treatment center. That led to a stint in Graterford Prison.

His parents, Andy and Tammy, had him seek treatment at various rehabilitation centers, and to those around the Eagles, Garrett Reid appeared to be winning the battle, so his death at such a young age stunned many.

Although the district attorney's conclusion comes more than two months after the death, it is still within a normal time frame for investigations that involve toxicology testing.

Such testing often requires a series of follow-ups, as blood, urine and other samples are analyzed for many substances.

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