Nancy Kerrigan’s Brother Charged With Assaulting Their Father

The brother of former Olympian Nancy Kerrigan has been charged with assaulting their father, who died on Sunday, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, is not being charged with murder, according to the report, though the death of 70-year-old Dan Kerrigan remains under investigation.

The alleged incident took place in Stoneham, Mass., where the son fought with his father over use of the telephone.

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

The cause of death is still undetermined, pending an autopsy.

The police report also said that Mark Kerrigan appeared "intoxicated" and was "belligerent toward officers" at the Cedar Avenue home around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Nancy Kerrigan, now 40, gained international fame in the early '90s as a world-class figure skater. The Stoneham native was victim to an assault by fellow American Tonya Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly prior to the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where Kerrigan won the silver medal and Harding came in eighth place.

More recently, Kerrigan was honored in June of 2009 at "The Tradition," which is an annual fundraiser for The Sports Museum in Boston.

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