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Nancy Kerrigan's father suffered neck injury prior to death [Updated]

February 9, 2010 | 10:59 am

Authorities announced Tuesday that figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's father died of a heart rhythm problem last month after suffering a severe neck injury.

A medical examiner reported that an autopsy revealed Daniel Kerrigan had a damaged windpipe. [Updated Tuesday 2:30 p.m. It was incorrectly reported earlier by Associated Press that Daniel Kerrigan suffered a damaged voice box. The autopsy report released Tuesday states he suffered a damaged windpipe.] His Jan. 24 death has been ruled a homicide by police. The findings could lead to additional charges for Mark Kerrigan, who has pleaded not guilty to a felony assault charge.

Mark Kerrigan, Nancy's brother, allegedly told police he put his hands on his father's neck after getting into an argument with him.

The Associated Press reported that Daniel Kerrigan's autopsy report showed the 70-year-old had underlying medical conditions before his death.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.