Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid died of a heroin overdose at the team’s preseason training camp, a Pennsylvania coroner said today.
Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead in a dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, during the National Football League team’s August camp. He had been working as a strength and conditioning coach for the Eagles since his release from prison in 2009.
Andy Reid took a six-week leave from the team in 2007 after the arrest of Garrett and another son, Britt Reid.
Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said today in a televised news conference that Garrett Reid’s body showed signs of persistent heroin use.
“Unfortunately Garrett Reid did have a battle with drug use,” he said.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said his office was investigating the source of the heroin Reid used, along with syringes and needles found in his gym bag.
Garrett Reid was sentenced to 23 months following a guilty plea to charges of recklessly endangering another motorist and driving under the influence after causing a traffic collision. Police found him in possession of heroin and amphetamines after the accident.
Britt Reid pleaded guilty to charges including felony possession of a firearm without a license after he was accused of pointing a handgun at another driver in a traffic confrontation on the same day. Britt Reid served 22 months in jail.
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