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While Northampton County officials made it official on Thursday, Andy Reid had hinted at the cause of Garrett’s death in a statement released shortly after his son’s death. He said Garrett Reid had “lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years.”

Reid’s younger brother, Britt, has also struggled with drug use and was arrested on the same day as Garrett in 2007 after a road-rage incident. Police discovered weapons and drugs in Britt Reid’s vehicle. He now works as a graduate assistant coach at Temple.

The Reid family also sent encouragement to other families dealing with addiction.

“There are many other individuals and families engaged in this struggle in their own lives, and they will always have our support, encouragement, and understanding,” the family said. “Never give up!”