While Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan’s family grieve the loss of her father Daniel new details have emerged about how her brother Mark’s life was rapidly spiraling out of control.
Mark Kerrigan – who was living in the basement of his parents’ home – has been charged with assault and battery in connection with the fight with his father Daniel that led to the 70-year-old collapsing and dying from a massive heart attack.
Police had been called to the home of the unemployed 45-year-old plumber back in 2005 following a domestic disturbance call from his now ex-wife.
Kerrigan screamed at the armed cops “F****** shoot me, I want to die. Kill me please.”
The officers who arrived at the scene managed to subdue Kerrigan at his Wilmington, Ma, home where they found household debris scattered all over the front yard.
Former Army veteran Kerrigan – who, his lawyer claims, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder – served a two year jail sentence on assault and drug charges stemming from the 2005 incident.
His ex-wife Janet told authorities in court papers that he was ‘a mean drunk’ who would beat her, slash her tires and threaten her with a bow and arrow.
After she was granted a divorce in 2007 based on her claim of ‘cruel and abusive treatment’ Kerrigan’s life continued to disintegrate.
His parents, Daniel and Brenda Kerrigan, who scooped one million from the state lottery in 2000, sued their son for $105,000 to cover his living expenses while he was in jail.
They claimed that their son agreed to re-pay the handout which included $31,870 in mortgage payments plus $6,746 in credit card payments failed and refused to make the full payment, the case was dismissed.
But things spilled over on Sunday morning when a violent fight broke out at the family home on Cedar Avenue in Stoneham, Ma, between Kerrigan and his 70-year-old father Daniel over phone use.
The two men got into a violent struggle before Daniel collapsed on the floor and died from a subsequent heart attack.
In the police report Kerrigan – who had moved into his parents’ basement – told authorities that his dying father was ‘faking it’.
He pled not guilt to assault and battery after appearing at Woburn District Court and held on $10,000 bail.
Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan was spotted at her family’s home yesterday as they prepare for her father’s funeral later this week.
The family released a statement saying: “Dan Kerrigan was a wonderful husband for 47 years, a caring and loving father to his daughter Nancy and two sons Michael and Mark, and a grandfather of eight.