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Garrett Reid Died From Heroin OD, Coroner Confirms

The son of Eagles coach Andy Reid had long-struggled with addiction before his August death.

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By Bryan Le

10/18/12

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The August 5th death of Garrett Reid, son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, is confirmed to have been the result of an accidental heroin overdose. The coroner's report, released today, found that the 29-year-old died of “acute opiate (heroin) toxicity” and that his “manner of death is classified as accidental.” Reid, who went into recovery for heroin addiction after a 2007 arrest and imprisonment, had been staying at Lehigh University to help train his dad's team. At the time of his death, he was found in his dorm room with a used syringe, a spoon and 19 vials on an “unknown liquid” near him, and many more unused needles and syringes around his quarters.  “This is a very difficult situation for us all to deal with," said quarterback Michael Vick in August. “Coach has always been a rock for us. We're going to lean on him, be there for him and stay strong for him until he can come back to lead us on."

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