- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 27, 2010

STONEHAM, Mass. | Family and friends have gathered near Boston at a wake for Daniel Kerrigan, the father who supported figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s Olympic career.

The 70-year-old Kerrigan died Sunday after what authorities say was a violent struggle with his son Mark Kerrigan. Family members have said he died of an unrelated heart attack.

As the wake began Wednesday afternoon, a spokeswoman read a family statement calling Daniel Kerrigan a man “whose family was the center of his world.”

The statement said Nancy Kerrigan, a two-time medalist, called her father “my support” who was “behind me always.” She said he was like an extra parent to her three children.

Mark Kerrigan has pleaded not guilty to assault. Authorities are awaiting forensic tests on the cause of Daniel Kerrigan’s death.

A private funeral is scheduled Thursday.

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