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Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid Issues Statement Regarding Garrett Reid’s Death

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid was hit with a terrible tragedy on Sunday morning, as his 29-year old son Garrett was discovered dead in a Lehigh University dorm room.

Since Garrett’s death, Reid has been away from the team and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is running the team, with the help of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

He is still planning to return to the team for the Eagles’ first preseason game, which is against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

Andy Reid issued a statement regarding the death of Garrett Reid. Here is the full statement, courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles’ public relations department.

“On behalf of Tammy and our family, I would like to thank everybody for their tremendous support, love, kind words and prayers during this time of great sadness. Words cannot express our sense of loss.

We loved Garrett so much. He was a wonderful son and brother. He made us laugh, he was a pleasure to be around, he always had a smile on his face, and we will miss him dearly. We will never forget him, and we will remember him with love.

Garrett’s road through life was not always an easy one. He faced tremendous personal challenges with bravery and spirit. As a family, we stood by him and were inspired as he worked to overcome those challenges. Even though he lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years, we will always remember him as a fighter who had a huge, loving heart.

I spoke with the team yesterday and thanked them for their thoughts and prayers. I asked them to continue with their preparations for the upcoming season until I am ready to rejoin the team.

It is in times like these that we lean on our faith, our family, our friends, and our Eagles family. We will do so in the difficult times ahead.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Andy Reid”

The sad news is that it becomes evident that Garrett’s death was the result of excessive drug use. An Eagles public relations spokesman confirmed this.

Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Andy Reid and his family as they struggle through this terribly difficult time.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.