Nancy Kerrigan's Father Dead, Brother Arrested

Cops find figure skater's father dead, charge brother with assault

January 25, 2010, 11:41 AM

Jan. 25, 2010— -- The brother of former Olympic figure-skating star Nancy Kerrigan was arraigned today, charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, who died soon after police were called Sunday to the Massachusetts home where the skater grew up.

Local and state police were called to the house in Stoneham, Mass., at 1:30 a.m., where they found Daniel Kerrigan, 70, "in need of medical attention." He was taken to Winchester Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone.

Nancy's brother, Mark Kerrigan, 45, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on an elderly person and causing serious bodily injury. He was not charged with murder.

Kerrigan pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $10,000. he did not speak at the arraignment.

"He [Mark Kerrigan] stated that he wanted to use the phone, and his father would not let him,'' according to a Stoneham police report filed in court. "He said that he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father's neck, and his father fell to the floor. He said that his father was faking it.''

According to the report, Mark Kerrigan appeared intoxicated -- smelling of alcohol and seen trying to conceal a bottle of whiskey -- and was belligerent as police officers tried to help his father. Police said in the report they found blood near where Kerrigan was found and pictures knocked off the walls.

"Officer Mahone grabbed his [Mark's] arm when Kerrigan became belligerent and combative. We were finally able to handcuff him. While handcuffed, I used pepper spray to help control the situation," reads the police report.

Reached by phone, Brenda Kerrigan, Nancy's mother, told that her husband died from a heart attack.

"I'll tell you something, it's a shock. It was a massive heart attack. That's how he died, that's it," said Brenda Kerrigan.

Nancy Kerrigan won a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She became the center of a media firestorm when, a month before the games, she was attacked by the ex-husband of American skating rival Tonya Harding.

Kerrigan retired from active competition after the 1994 Olympics. She has appeared in occasional skating exhibitions, and had a small part in the 2007 Will Ferrell film "Blades of Glory."

In 1995, Kerrigan married her agent, Jerry Solomon. They live a few miles away from her parents' home in Lynnfield, Mass. Calls from to Solomon requesting comment were not immediately returned.

Mark Kerrigan has a lengthy police record of petty crimes including marijuana possession and a history of domestic troubles with his ex-wife and parents.

In a 2005 domestic-abuse incident with his wife Tammy Kerrigan, police found Mark drunk and throwing things in the yard, according to a police report obtained by the New York Daily News.

Police found Mark brandishing two hunting knives and yelling, "F---ing shoot me, I want to die, kill me please!"

As recently as Jan. 8, a lawyer for Mark Kerrigan filed documents in an ongoing appeal of charges of assault with a deadly weapon and malicious destruction of property dating from 2006.

According to civil documents found by the Boston Globe, Daniel and Brenda Kerrigan sued Mark for $105,000 for money they shelled out to take care of his dogs, pay the mortgage on his home in Wilmington, Mass., and pay the lawyer who represented him in the assault case.

At the time of the suit, Mark was serving time in a Middlesex County prison.

The judge dismissed the case, saying there was no evidence that his parents entered an "agreement or expectation of reimbursement from him," according to documents.

ABC News' Anne-Marie Dorning contributed to this report.

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