Nancy Kerrigan's father dead; brother implicated

Jan 25, 2010 at 11:22 p.m. ET

The father of two-time Olympic medal winning figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is dead, and her brother is implicated in the incident.

Police say there was a violent struggle in the family's Massachusetts home between Nancy's father Daniel and older brother Mark, an unemployed plumber living in his parent's basement.

According to the Stoneham, Massachusetts police report, Mark told investigators he and his father argued about using the phone. "He stated that he wanted to use the phone and his father would not let him. He said he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father's neck and his father fell to the floor," the report read.

When police arrived at the home Mark was intoxicated and so violently belligerent they had to use pepper spray to subdue him.

Family members including Nancy Kerrigan are circling the wagons tight around Mark. The skating champion spent several hours at the family home, coming and going without speaking to press waiting outside.

A woman only identifying herself as "Dan's sister" said Mark played no part in the death and Daniel died of a massive heart attack.

Mark, who has a history of domestic violence arrests, plead not guilty to assault and is being held on $10,000 bail. Police say further charges may be possible pending autopsy results.

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