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Andy Reid's son, Garrett, remembered by GCC coaches

Football: Son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid played a season at Glendale Community College.

August 06, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

After learning the news Sunday that former player Garrett Reid had died, former Glendale Community College football Coach John Cicuto sent a text to the player's father, Andy Reid, to offer his immediate condolences.

Garrett Reid, the son of former Glendale college standout and current Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid, died Sunday at 29 in his Lehigh University dorm room. The younger Reid, who spent part of the 2003 season as an offensive tackle with the Vaqueros, had been working with the Eagles as an unofficial camp assistant to the team's strength and conditioning coach at the Eagles' training site at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.

The cause of death has yet to be determined and an autopsy was expected to be completed this week. Garrett Reid was the oldest of five children.

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Ed Shupp, Lehigh's chief of police, said Garrett Reid's body was found at 4:20 a.m. PDT by an Eagles official who called police to report that Reid was unconscious. Shupp said police arrived at the room about a minute later. Shupp ruled out suicide or foul play.

Andy Reid released a statement late Monday, expressing gratitude from well-wishers.

"On behalf of [my wife] 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," the statement read.

"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."

Reid's death caught Cicuto's attention.

"I texted him Sunday night to tell him that our prayers are with him and his family," said Cicuto, who is now the men's athletic director at Glendale college and was an assistant and head coach of the Vaqueros from 1975-2007. "I didn't expect to hear from him for a while, but he texted me right back, saying, 'Thanks, coach.'

"Garrett was a very good player for us in the short time that we had him. I had talked to Andy [before the 2003 season at Glendale college] and he told me that Garrett was looking to go to a community college. I told him without question to bring him in. He played a few games for us and he suffered a knee injury during a practice early in the season.

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