Lehigh, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid released a statement Monday on the death of his oldest son, Garrett, who died Sunday morning at the age of 29.
"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," Reid said in the statement that was released by the team.
"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 Reid was found dead in a dorm room at Lehigh University, site of the Eagles training camp. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday.
In 2007, Garrett Reid was found guilty of driving under the influence of controlled substances, recklessly driving his vehicle, exceeding the speed limit, running a red light, and colliding with a vehicle
Garrett Reid was found to be in possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia at the time of the accident. That led to jail time for the younger Reid.
While serving time, Garrett was caught smuggling drugs into prison. After serving seven months in prison he was sent to a halfway house.
Garrett was later sent back to jail after his release for failing a drug test and getting into a fight with another resident at the halfway house where he was staying.
"Garrett's road through life was not always an easy one," the Eagles coach said."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."
Per Andy Reid's wishes, Eagles training camp is continuing as scheduled, but players are expected to be at the funeral Tuesday, which is a day off from camp.
The Eagles open their preseason schedule Thursday at home against Pittsburgh.