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.
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.