Andy Reid: Garrett 'lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last 8 years'

The 29-year-old son of Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, had been assisting the team. (AP file photo)

In a statement released by the Reid family, Andy Reid said son Garrett Reid "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years," a reference to Garrett Reid's drug problems. Garrett Reid was found dead on Sunday morning.

Here is the complete, unedited statement from the Reid family, distributed by the Eagles on behalf of coach 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.


 Andy Reid