Ice skating champ, Nancy Kerrigan, is devastated by the death of her beloved father, Daniel, and has reached out to her fans to share her grief at his passing. In a letter Nancy chronicles what a great man her father was and her obvious immense pain at losing him at the age of 70.
“Dear Friends, The last several weeks have been the most difficult of my life,” Nancy writes. “As many of you who ever met my dad know, he was someone who took an interest in everyone that he came in contact with and, if he knew you much at all, had an endearing wisecrack that would be sure to make you laugh. For me, he was my safety net. He was always there for me no matter what turn the world might take. He was a friend to [my husband and agent Jerry Solomon] and a doting grandpa to our kids.
“For my mother, he was much more than that. He was her eyes, her confidante, her dance partner, her life partner. In short, he was her everything.
“For my brothers, he was the ultimate role model: the guy they continue to try to emulate. And his impact spread far beyond our family. Over 2,000 people lined up in 20 degree weather and stood for over 3 hours to pay their last respects. From the pizza delivery guy to the bank teller to millionaire business people to congressmen, he was a friend to everyone and had a special place in each one’s life. The stories we heard about my dad, from childhood friends to recent acquaintances were funny and touching. Most of all, they make us proud.
“We will miss my dad every day. Whether it is hearing him tell the kids one of his silly stories or watching him roll his eyes as he goes to the market for the fourth time that afternoon or having a beer with him at the end of the day. Mainly, we will miss just knowing he is there…”
Daniel, passed away at his Massachusetts home on January 24th following a physical altercation with his son Mark. Daniel’s death has been ruled a homicide and Mark has been charged with one count of assault and battery with serious bodily injury, he is currently being assessed at a psychiatric facility. As RadarOnline.com previously reported Mark has a history of violent behavior and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, according to his attorney.