Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s family drama: dad dies, brother arrested

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Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan is embroiled in a shocking family drama. Over the weekend, Kerrigan’s father, Daniel, died of a massive heart attack following an argument and shoving match with Nancy’s brother, Mark. Mark was later arrested in connection to the death. Police say Mark was intoxicated. It all went down in Nancy’s childhood home in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan’s brother Mark Kerrigan is charged with one count of assault and battery with serious bodily injury in connection with the Sunday morning death in Stoneham, Massachusetts of the family’s 70-year-old father, Daniel.

Mark, 45, had been arguing with his father in the kitchen area of the home and “pushing him back and forth” when he collapsed, according to the Boston Herald, quoting a five-page police report of the incident. Police said they had to subdue him — as he appeared to be intoxicated — with pepper spray.

Mark told police, according to the report, that put he placed his “hands around his father’s neck,” during the conflict, and believed his father was “faking it” when he fell to the ground.

He was booked into custody at 4 p.m. EST Sunday, My Fox Boston reported.

Daniel Kerrigan’s widow, Brenda, told the paper her husband died of a “massive heart attack.”

“This is a very difficult time for me,” she said, before her son’s arrest had been made public. “He had a heart attack. That’s what it was.”

Mark Kerrigan is in police custody; he’s appearing in Woburn Court Monday morning in Woburn, Massachusetts to face the charge; Daniel Kerrigan’s funeral is slated for Thursday.

[From Radar Online]

The police report also said that it took four policemen to remove Mark Kerrigan from the home where his father died, and that he had been living there temporarily. He also has a police record and has previously served prison time. Understandably, Nancy Kerrigan hasn’t issued a statement on the incident – I’m sure she’s devastated. Kerrigan lives about 10 minutes away from her parents, is married and has three young children.

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  1. Spooge says:

    Man.. did she ever age since the whole “why me?” thing.

  2. lastwordlinda says:

    You could drive a truck through those nostrils.

  3. canadianchick says:

    Sad story
    @lastwordlinda-nasty, have some compassion maybe?

  4. Just a Poster says:

    I just saw the brother on Fox news.. and well he doesn’t look “right” if you know what I mean. Avoiding eye contact, rocking back and forth.. he looked rather unstable.

    Anyone know anything about this?

  5. smith says:

    canadianchic – exactly.

    How can you say anything about her nostrils when there are those teeth to contend with?

    Just kidding, of course this is a tragedy but I didn’t like this woman back when she was making her own headlines, and I still feel the same way.

  6. Cheyenne says:

    @ Smith: ITA. I always preferred Tonya Harding. At least she seemed real. Miss Ice Princess bugged the hell out of me.

  7. Kelly says:

    Yes Miss Kerrigan is married – she just had to break up his marriage first.

  8. The Bobster says:

    It seems Tonya Harding isn’t the only one with a trailer trash family.

  9. snowball says:

    It didn’t take long for the posts about condolences ended and the slams at Kerrigan’s looks to start.

    Nice observation, Bobster. What part of this story alerted you to the trailer trash element? The fact that someone got drunk or got in a pushing match with a family member? That trailer trash community must be immense.

    What a sad story, and if it ends up being true that the son’s actions caused his dad’s death, I feel sorry for the son having to live with that.

  10. Sumodo says:

    I feel bad for Nancy Kerrigan–again.

  11. Kelaa Khaa says:

    This is so harsh and I feel bad for Nancy having to go through this tragedy.

  12. filthycute says:

    LOL @lastwordlinda. I was thinking the same thing!

  13. internationalobserver says:

    When interviewed Kerrigan simply stamped her foot three times, brayed and snorted loudly before trotting off.