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Skater's father, Daniel Kerrigan, dies in struggle with son

WOBURN, Mass. - Daniel Kerrigan, who rushed to his sobbing daughter Nancy in 1994 and carried her into the locker room after an attack at a skating competition nearly derailed her Olympic dreams, died after what authorities said was a violent struggle with his son in their family home.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, pleaded not guilty yesterday to assaulting his father, 70, at the home in the Boston suburb of Stoneham, where he had been living with his parents. He did not speak at arraignment but at one point put his head in his hands and wept.

Nancy Kerrigan, a two-time Olympic medal winner, arrived at the family home shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday and left a couple of hours later.

Family members said Daniel Kerrigan's death was not related to an argument with his son early Sunday. A woman who answered the phone identified herself as "Dan's sister" and said her brother "had a massive heart attack." She said her nephew played no part in the death and declined to comment further.

Brenda Kerrigan, Daniel's wife, told the Boston Herald that her husband died of a heart attack and that there was nothing suspicious about the death.

Mark Kerrigan, who has a history of domestic violence arrests and was sued by his parents to recover money they had provided him, was being held on $10,000 bail. - AP

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