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A jury acquitted Nancy Kerrigan’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, of manslaughter in the death of their father, according to news reports Wednesday.

While Mark was acquitted of manslaughter, he was convicted of a second charge of assault and battery related to the January 2010 incident.

The death of his 70-year-old father, Daniel, took place in the family's home in Stoneham, Mass., and Mark was charged shortly afterward.

Olympian Nancy Kerrigan and her mother Brenda have been in the court each day and have supported Mark Kerrigan throughout the trial.

Brenda testified that the fight between Mark and Daniel lasted only a few seconds and that she saw them in a "bear hug", nothing more.

She never saw Mark put his hands around his father's neck, she said, making it unlikely he directly caused his father's fatal heart attack.

The prosecutor countered to jurors that Mark Kerrigan, was an "angry, mean, nasty, drunk son" who killed his father in the fight.

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Nancy Kerrigan's father's death late last month has been ruled a homicide, according to the Middlesex County (Mass.) Chief Medical Examiner.

According to the findings, Daniel Kerrigan died from cardiac dysrhythmia after suffering a neck injury during a physical altercation at his home.

The Coroner reports that the 70-year-old Daniel suffered a cartilage fracture to the larynx area, which was exacerbated by heart disease.

As we previously reported, Nancy's brother Mark Kerrigan faces one charge of assault and battery on an elder with serious bodily injury.

Nancy Kerrigan won medals in figure skating at the '92 and '94 Olympics/

The investigation continues, with no word on whether prosecutors will now up the charges against Mark, but the family is displeased with the coroner's report.

The family lawyer, Tracy Miner, says "The Kerrigan family is extremely disappointed that the medical examiner would release a cause of death without having all of the relevant facts. We believe this finding to be premature and inaccurate."

The Kerrigans are also standing by Mark Kerrigan - who was arrested and charged with assault and battery after - saying, "The Kerrigan family does not blame anyone for the unfortunate death of Dan Kerrigan, who had a pre-existing heart condition."

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Mark Kerrigan, brother of former figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan, allegedly assaulted their father and thus caused the heart attack that killed him this week.

Now the Olympic medalist's sibling won't be allowed to attend the funeral, the Boston Herald reports, per the Massachusetts department of correction guidelines.

Daniel Kerrigan will be laid to rest today.

In the meantime, Mark Kerrigan, 45, who is clearly a very troubled individual, has been transferred to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation.

This isn't Mark Kerrigan's first brush with the law - or violence.

During Mark's 2007 divorce from now-ex-wife Janet Guarino, the judgment wasn't exactly glowing. They divorced on the grounds of cruel and abusive treatment.

According to the Herald, Guarino took out multiple restraining orders against Mark Kerrigan, both when they were married and while they were still dating.

Se told authorities he "punched her, slashed her tires, threatened her with a bow and arrow, trashed her personal property and sent ex-cons to visit her."

Makes Tonya Harding seem downright angelic.

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Nancy Kerrigan's brother Mark pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting their father Daniel, who died Sunday after a struggle at the family's Massachusetts home.

Reports say Mark Kerrigan cried during arraignment in Woburn District Court, where he faced charges of assault and battery on an elder with serious bodily injury.

According to the police report, Daniel collapsed after the former figure skating champion's brother allegedly choked him during an altercation yesterday.

The incident apparently erupted over the use of a phone. Nancy's mother said Daniel had a heart attack and fell to the ground during the altercation with Mark.

Mark Kerrigan's bail was set at $10,000.

Mark Kerrigan being led to court by authorities after his arrest.

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