In a letter, the Olympian remembers Daniel Kerrigan, who died after a fight with his son

By Blane Bachelor
February 11, 2010 02:30 PM
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Former Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan remembered her father as a source of strength for her, love to his wife and joy to all of those he met.

“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,” Kerrigan wrote in a letter obtained by Entertainment Tonight, which is employing Kerrigan as a correspondent during the Winter Olympics

Daniel Kerrigan, 70, died Jan. 24 after a violent struggle with his son, Kerrigan’s brother.

In the letter addressed “Dear Friends”, Kerrigan writes, “For me, he was my safety net. He was always there for me no matter what turn the world might take.”

Kerrigan shared details on the relationship her father had with her mother, Brenda, who is blind: “He was her eyes, her confidante, her dance partner, her life partner. In short, he was her everything.”

She also described the impact the her father had on others: “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.”
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