Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and his family indicated Monday that they believe Garrett Reid's history of drug problems played a role in his death Sunday.

Garrett Reid, the oldest of Andy and Tammy Reid's five children, was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University, where he had been serving as a volunteer assistant with the Eagles' strength and conditioning staff during training camp.

His funeral will be held today in Broomall, Pa.

"Garrett's road through life was not always an easy one," Reid said in the statement. "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."

Garrett Reid, 29, was an admitted heroin addict who first was arrested in 2007 after getting into a car accident while high, and then was caught smuggling pills into jail. Two years later, he was sent back to jail after failing a random drug test.

An Eagles spokesperson said the apparent reference to Garrett's drug abuse in the statement could be classified as "parental instincts" because an official cause of death has not been announced.

Here is the entire statement:

"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."

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