Nancy Kerrigan: Dad was My Brother's "Ultimate Role Model"

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Feb. 11 2010, Published 6:56 a.m. ET

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Entertainment Tonight obtained a written letter by Nancy Kerrigan addressed to her friends and fans regarding the sudden death of her father Daniel Kerrigan. Daniel passed away Jan. 24 at the age of 70 after a heated argument with his son Mark Kerrigan.


The letter Entertainment Tonight obtained reads in part:

"Dear Friends,

The last several weeks have been the most difficult of my life. As many of you who ever met my dad know, 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. For me, he was my safety net. He was always there for me no matter what turn the world might take. He was a friend to Jerry and a doting grandpa to our kids.

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For my mother, he was much more than that. He was her eyes, her confidante, her dance partner, her life partner. In short, he was her everything.

For my brothers, he was the ultimate role model: the guy they continue to try to emulate. And his impact spread far beyond our family. 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. The stories we heard about my dad, from childhood friends to recent acquaintances were funny and touching. Most of all, they make us proud.


We will miss my dad every day. Whether it is hearing him tell the kids one of his silly stories or watching him roll his eyes as he goes to the market for the fourth time that afternoon or having a beer with him at the end of the day. Mainly, we will miss just knowing he is there..."


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