Marion Christopher Barry, son of Washington, D.C.’s late “mayor for life,” has died from an apparent drug overdose, according to news reports. He was 36.
Marion Christopher Barry (Twitter Photo)
According to the Washington Post, Barry’s girlfriend found him and he was taken to George Washington University Hospital Aug. 13.
Cora Masters Barry, widow of the late Mayor Marion Barry, confirmed Barry son’s death to Washington’s NBC affiliate.
Barry was the son of the late mayor and Effi Barry, who previously died of leukemia in 2007.
Marion Barry served as mayor of the District from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999. He also served on the Council of the District of Columbia for three terms. He died in 2014.
The younger Barry attempted to fill his father’s shoes, mounting an unsuccessful bid for his father’s former Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council in 2015 that saw him coming in at sixth place in the contest.
Barry also struggled with drug abuse—somewhat mirroring his father, who was infamously videotaped using crack cocaine by the FBI and arrested back in 1990.
The younger Barry also had his problems with the law, including charges related to misdemeanor assault for resisting arrest, driving with a revoked license and several for drug possession.
Tributes to the younger Barry have begun to pour in on social media, including one from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who posted smiling photo of herself with Barry and tweeted, “Let’s remember the brightest days! Rest in peace dear Christopher!”