According to Philadelphia television station WPVI-TV, Garrett Reid, the 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, died of an accidental heroin overdose on Aug. 5.
An official announcement is expected be made by Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli on Thursday afternoon.
Reid was found in his dorm room on the campus of Lehigh University, the Easton, Pa.-based school where the Eagles conduct training camp. Reid had struggled with drug addiction, which first came to light following a motor vehicle accident in 2007. As chronicled by Philly.com, Reid's struggles with drugs began as a teenager, with arrests dating back to 2002 and jail stints for violating terms of his probation.
"I don't want to die doing drugs," Garrett Reid told a judge, according to WPVI. "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'ed and just faded into oblivion."
Reid had been in the process of turning his life around and overcoming his addiction, working with the Eagles' strength and conditioning staff at the time of his death.
We again offer our deepest condolences to the Reid family and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization for their loss.
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