Marion Christopher Barry, son of embattled ex D.C Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday. He was 36.
According to WUSA9 News, which first reported his death, Christopher died of a drug overdose as per police report. Before collapsing, Marion acted “crazy/different,” the report noted.
Marion Christopher Barry Dead
Christopher was rushed to the nearest hospital when he fell unconscious, but he was pronounced dead past 2 a.m. on Sunday. An apparent drug overdose remained unconfirmed, as there has been no official cause of death declared.
But according to a separate report from the Washington Post, quoting people close to the younger Barry, Christopher might have suffered a drug overdose. The report noted that Christopher struggled with drug addiction in the past.
Messages of condolences from Christopher’s friends flooded social media upon hearing about his death. D.C Mayor Muriel Browser took to Twitter to express her condolences to the Barry family.
Marion Christopher Drug Abuse
A report from the D.C police, as reported by the Washington Post, showed that Christopher went outside of his residence on Pomeroy Road SE and smoked K-2, a type of synthetic drug he had struggled with in the past. Based on the report, Christopher had been struggling with his use of PCP, a hallucinogen. His girlfriend found him unconscious and rushed him to the George Washington University Hospital.
In a statement, Christopher’s stepmother, Cora Masters-Barry, said the family was devastated upon learning of his death. He was nominated for a council seat in Ward 8 in 2015, but his bid was unsuccessful.
“My heart is broken. I am in shock. The news of his death is beyond comprehension,” Masters-Barry was quoted as saying by the Washington Post.
Let's remember the brightest days! Rest in peace dear Christopher! pic.twitter.com/YVX6aw4Ao3
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) August 14, 2016