BETHLEHEM --- The family of Eagles coach Andy Reid released a statement Monday evening thanking everyone for their support and stating that Garrett Reid "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years" -- presumably, with drugs, which led to his incarceration several times between 2007 and 2009.
Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead in a Lehigh dorm room Sunday morning. A source close to the situation said the family was aware of the inferences that would be made from their statement.
Monday morning, Eagles tackle Todd Herremans said he would be surprised if it turned out Garrett Reid's previous problems factored into his death. Herremans said there was no sign of that sort of situation, as Garrett Reid worked with the Eagles' strength and conditioning staff.
Lehigh Chief of Police Edward Shoop released a statement Monday saying there would be no statements until an investigation is complete.
But the Reid family later released this, signed by Andy Reid:
"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.