In advance of the 2010 Winter Games, former Olympian Nancy Kerrigan’s family is dealing with tragic news. Despite the refutations of the Kerrigan family, the medical examiner in Massachusetts has ruled that the death of the figure skater’s father, Daniel Kerrigan, was a homicide. The 70-year-old died last month after he was taken to hospital following an alleged altercation with his son, Mark Kerrigan. Prosecutors say father and son were involved in a violent dispute that ended with the older Kerrigan falling to the floor. Mark Kerrigan, who purportedly told authorities that he grabbed his father around the neck, plead not guilty to charges of assault and battery. He is currently behind bars awaiting trial. In a statement, the Kerrigan family called the ruling “premature and inaccurate,” calling attention to Daniel Kerrigan’s pre-existing heart condition.