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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – Garrett Reid, the troubled 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday in a dorm room at the club’s Lehigh University training camp, where he spends most of his summers with his father.
Police said the death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation. The coach’s oldest son had a long history of drug problems, once admitting “I liked being a drug dealer” and went to prison for a heroin-fueled car crash.
Reid’s death stunned the Eagles, who gathered for a team prayer before a morning walkthrough.
“This is a very difficult situation for us all,” quarterback Michael Vick said following practice – their first without their head coach in five years..
Owner Jeffery Lurie met with the team Sunday and told reporters afterward he expected Reid back this week. The Eagles host Pittsburgh in their preseason opener on Thursday night.
“There’s choices to be made when tragedy happens,” Lurie said, pausing to hold back tears. “You can become stronger and even more focused and learn from it and treat life as a challenge, or you can bow down. And Andy is somebody – he said to me, `I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park’ – and on the field and off the field. And that’s the message he wanted me to have.”