Marion “Christopher” Barry, Jr., the only son of Washington, D.C.’s late embattled Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday, WUSA-TV reported. He was 36.
The younger Barry, known to his friends as Christopher or Chris, died of an apparent overdose on synthetic marijuana, The Washington Post reported, quoting those close to him. No official cause of death was immediately confirmed.
In a statement, Cora Masters Barry, Marion Barry’s widow, said: “My heart is broken. I am in shock. The news of his death is beyond comprehension.”
Barry, who like his late father had struggled with drug use, had run in 2015 for the city council seat his father held before his death in 2014.
Barry’s mother, Effi Barry, died of leukemia in 2007 at age 63.
A close friend, Fairley McCaskill, told The Post that Christopher Barry’s death was especially tragic, as he’d been working to turn his troubled image around after brushes with the law, including an incident at a bank branch last year in D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood.
McCaskill called Barry’s death “surreal.”
“Those who really knew Chris knew that he marched to his own beat and we loved that about him,” he said. “He had a big heart.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Greg Toppo