We have some very sad news to report. Last night Marion Christopher Barry, the son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, died of a drug overdose. Christopher was just 36 years old.
Cora Masters Barry, the former mayor’s widow, confirmed Marion Christopher Barry’s death to NBC Washington’s Tom Sherwood.
The younger Barry ran for his father’s council seat in Ward 8 in 2015. He was known as Christopher Barry for most of his life but his name appeared on the ballot as Marion C. Barry. He came in sixth place.
Christopher has been arrested a number of times during his life. In 2014 he was put in jail in D.C. for driving without a license. In 2013 he was charged in Virginia with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. In 2011 he was charged with possession of marijuana and PCP.
And in 2015, Christopher faced his most serious charge. Christopher plead guilty to charges incurred after an outburst at local bank. He tried to withdraw a large sum of money but his account was overdrawn. He was sentenced to 12 months probation.
Christopher's father, former mayor Marion Barry died in 2014.