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Marion Christopher Barry dies; son of late Washington, D.C. mayor was 36

Marion Christopher Barry, Jr., sits among D.t. a

Marion Christopher Barry, Jr., sits among D.t. a candidate forum for Ward 8 Special Election to fill the seat vacated by Marion Barry's death, on Monday, February 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images

Marion Christopher Barry, son of the late Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry and former candidate for the Ward 8 council seat, has died, according to relatives and news reports. He was 36.

The younger Barry died of an apparent drug overdose, according to reports. His girlfriend found him, and he was taken to George Washington University Hospital.

Barry had struggled with drug use. He ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 8 council seat last year after his father died.

Barry had brushes with the law, including charges related to an alleged outburst at a Chinatown bank branch.

Reached by phone on Sunday morning, Cora Masters Barry, widow of Marion Barry, said she was not prepared to talk about the younger Barry’s death. “It is very difficult for me right now,” she said.

Trayon White, the Democratic nominee for the Ward 8 council seat, and a protégé of the senior Barry, called Marion Christopher Barry a friend who will be missed.

“Chris was like a brother to me. He cared about the community. He had a lot of things that he wanted to work on to better the community,” White said.

White, the younger Barry and a dozen others had run to fill the council vacancy left by Marion Barry’s death in November 2014. LaRuby May won that special election. But in the election this year for a full, four-year term to succeed the former mayor, the younger Barry had endorsed White, who prevailed in the Democratic primary.

Christopher Barry had started a construction firm last year, he said in an interview with The Post in the fall. He said he was trying to form a community business enterprise, a minority firm that could compete for city contracts.

White said Barry was on the site of one of his construction projects in Southeast as late as Saturday.

“Chris is going to be missed by me and others who knew him,” White said.

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