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Nancy Kerrigan's Father Dies, Brother Arrested

1/25/2010 11:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nancy Kerrigan's 70-year-old father was found dead at the former Olympian's childhood home in the Boston area yesterday -- and her brother was arrested in connection with the incident.

Nancy Kerrigan and her Father

Emergency crews were sent to the home Sunday morning where they found Nancy's father, Daniel Kerrigan, unresponsive. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As for Nancy's 45-year-old brother Mark Kerrigan -- MyFoxBoston.com reports that during the Sunday incident, there was a struggle between Daniel and Mark in the kitchen area of the home. Details of the fight are sketchy at best -- but Mark was eventually arrested and charged with assault and battery on an elder with serious bodily injury.

Mark Kerrigan: Click to watchMark Kerrigan is scheduled to appear in court sometime this morning.

Nancy -- who is married with 3 kids -- lives roughly ten minutes from the home where the incident occurred.

The incident comes almost 16 years from the morning she was attacked in a plot orchestrated by skating rival Tonya Harding.

UPDATE: Nancy's mother told the Boston Herald, "My husband had a massive heart attack," adding "This is a very difficult time for me."

According to the police report, Mark and Daniel were yelling and pushing at each other until Daniel suddenly fell to the ground.

Nancy's mother told police the fight was over the telephone -- when Daniel refused to let Mark use the phone, Mark grabbed him by the throat. When Daniel was choking, Mark thought his father was "faking it."

The police report also noted that Mark appeared intoxicated when officials arrived on scene --and cops had to use pepper spray to subdue him.

Story developing...

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Pookie    

Boy has her luck in life been bad!

1640 days ago
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kadengirl    

he had a heart attack people - nothing the kid did caused it.

1640 days ago
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two cents    

WHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Whhhhyyyyyyyyy!!! (my bad)

Ok, seriously, that's horrible. What kind of POS beats up on an old man?

1640 days ago
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Coolio    

It's just a theory, but were either one of the Jets fans?

1640 days ago
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cgirl Caron    

WHYYYY MEEE!!!!!!!!???????????????

1640 days ago
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uninterested    

tmz, how do you not remove the comment from kooky killed him???

1640 days ago
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evonkf    

very sad

1640 days ago
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GTLT    

What's the back story on Mark Kerrigan? Is he on the pipe, drinker maybe, I mean what's up with this guy?

1640 days ago
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2Tabs    

Lest we forget, Nancy's husband was her manager and already married when the pair of them committed adultery. And then she acts as if she, or they, have done no wrong! In light of that business, is this latest item such a surprise?
Tonya Harding may be a little rough round the edges, but, so far as I know, she has observed the 10 Commandments!

1640 days ago
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Joanne    

I am wondering: why weren't MOST of these comments removed? What insensitive people these are... My condolences to Nancy, her mom and the rest of the family and friends. Nancy has been a ROLE MODEL.. And what sort of person 'pushes around' an elderly man????

1640 days ago
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Darlene    

My Prayers go out to her & her mother!

1640 days ago
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michaelacarterallen    

...these comments are disturbing...TMZ?! WTH?! HARVEEEEEYYY!!!! i figure if i holler loud enuff...harvey will hear me and come and check out the comments...and do a little housecleaning....very disrespectful people...very disrepectful...

1640 days ago
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booboo    

So sad. But what is with these comments! Should be removed TMZ!

I know in some States the fact that the father died as a result of an argument / fight - the son can be charged with some form of a murder count...

1640 days ago
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Bloghappy    

does it look like he mouths something to the camera when he gets out of the police car?

boston local news is reporting that he's "known to police". guess he's been in trouble before, huh?

1640 days ago
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gabby    

The son should have just walked away from his dad.... @ 14 mark your dissent is hideous.......

1640 days ago
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