Marion Christopher Barry, son of former D.C. mayor, dead at 36
Marion Christopher Barry is dead at 36, according to media reports.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, August 14, 2016, 7:44 AM
Marion Christopher Barry, the son of the late Washington, D.C. mayor, has died at 36 of a suspected drug overdose, according to media reports.
Family members confirmed Barry’s death to NBC Washington.
He was reportedly pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
Marion Barry with then-wife Effi and his son son Marion Christopher Barry in 1982.
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Barry’s father gained notoriety in 1990 after being busted on video smoking crack cocaine, but he remained a popular figure in D.C. politics, again becoming the district’s mayor in 1995. Marion S. Barry died in November 2014, at the age of 78.
Barry — who has also been known as Christopher Barry — spoke at a memorial service for his father.
Then-Washington Marion Barry hugs his son in 1998.
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“There’s not a person in this city or a corner of the city that he hasn’t touched,” he said. “And in knowing that, Marion Barry will never die. You know they say D.C. will never be the same because Marion Barry’s gone. You’re right, because now there’s thousands of millions of Marion Barrys out there.”
His father’s death motivated Barry’s 2015 Council run. He finished in sixth place in a special election.
Marion Barry and his son in 2014.
Barry has also faced legal troubles, including a confrontation with bank employees in January 2015, and previous charges for drugs and driving under the influence.
Following a 2011 bust for PCP and marijuana, Barry admitted in court that he had been “self-medicating” — and that he struggled amid the death of his mother, Effi Slaughter Barry, in 2007.