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Nancy Kerrigan's brother charged with assault after father dies

Nancy Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother has been arrested and charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who was found dead Sunday at his Massachusetts home.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, is scheduled to be arraigned later today on a charge of a assault and battery on a person over 60 that resulted in injuries, Woburn District Court clerk John Teevan said. Daniel Kerrigan was taken to a hospital early Sunday morning where he was pronounced dead.

According to a police report, officers responding to a 911 call described Mark Kerrigan as "belligerent and combative" when questioning him. They reported they had to use pepper spray to subdue and arrest him.

The report states Mark Kerrigan got into a struggle with his father after the father wouldn't let him use the phone.

Daniel's wife, Brenda, told the Boston Herald that her husband died of a heart attack.

Nancy Kerrigan, a two-time Olympic medalist, is best known for being attacked during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. U.S. Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty to charges related to the attack.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Related: Kerrigan's brother pleads not guilty

Photo: Nancy Kerrigan. Credit: Steven Senne / Associated Press

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Comments (5)

why is this news?

Because Nancy Kerrigan is news, small.

It is news because she was once in the news. This is a family matter. He should be charged if his actions contributed to his father's death.

It's news because most of us want to know that everybody--- every family--- has its own problems. Nancy Kerrigan was once the much celebrated victim of another family with problems, today we find out her family just might be as messed up as her perp's family once was. Same thing with Tiger Woods. It's comforting for the rest of us to know that even the great and celebrated, the certified white hat sort of folks, it's good to know they have the same sort of problems the rest of us struggle with. Nobody's perfect, and these sort of stories should remind us of that fact and little by little remind us of that fact, perhaps even helping to make the world a better, more tolerant place. Or I suppose one could just stick one's head in the sand and continue to pretend this stuff doesn't happen in the world, or God forbid, one's own family.

Did anyone out there ask themselves, WHO CARES?


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