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Coroner says Garrett Reid died of accidental heroin overdose

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Garrett Reid was a strength and conditioning coach. (AP)

The NFL was stunned in early August when Garrett Reid, Eagles coach Andy Reid's oldest son, was found dead in his room at Lehigh University, home of Philadelphia's training camp.

On Thursday, the Northampton County (Pa.) coroner announced that the 29-year-old Reid died of an accidental heroin overdose.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “the finding confirms what many, including the coach himself, suspected, because of Garrett Reid's history of drug abuse.”

Northampton District Attorney John M. Morganelli said investigators found a syringe, a spoon and prescription medications in Garrett Reid's room at Lehigh University. When investigators searched his apartment, they found dozens of syringes and 19 vials of an unknown substance.

Morganelli also said investigators and the Philadelphia police were trying to find the person who was supplying Reid with drugs.

"These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along," the Reid family said in a statement. "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. We miss Garrett. We miss his smile, his laugh and his energy and we will forever love him.

“There are many other individuals and families engaged in this struggle in their own lives, and they will always have our support, encouragement, and understanding. Never give up!”

Reid had been employed as a strength and conditioning coach with the Eagles.

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