Kucinich's brother found dead
By M.R. KROPKO, Associated Press Writer Wed Dec 19,
6:20 PM ET
CLEVELAND - The youngest brother of Democratic
presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was found dead
at his home Wednesday.
Perry Kucinich, 52, was found face down by another
brother, Larry, at about 9 a.m., said Powell Caesar, a
spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner's office.
There were no signs of foul play, Caesar said. An
autopsy was being performed Wednesday to determine the
cause of death.
Larry Kucinich had taken his brother shopping Tuesday
and then took him home but couldn't get an answer when
he tried calling him Wednesday, Caesar said.
Dennis Kucinich took a flight from Washington to
Cleveland after learning of the death and was not
immediately available for comment, said his office
press secretary, Natalie Laber.
"He was very close to Perry and he's taking this very
hard," Laber said.
Kucinich, 61, is a six-term congressman from Ohio who
is making his second bid for his party's nomination;
he sought the nod in 2004. He registers in low single
digits in polls and has raised little money for what
is considered another long-shot run. Kucinich, who is
known for his liberal views, has attracted a devoted
In a statement, Kucinich said his brother was a
talented artist who had some of his works on display
recently at a local art gallery.
"He had extraordinary insights. Although he struggled
with mental illness, with the help of his family and
friends, he was able to lead a productive life,"
Dennis Kucinich said.
Perry Kucinich was the fifth child of Frank and
Virginia Kucinich. The family's struggles are
discussed in Dennis Kucinich's recently released book,
"The Courage to Survive."
Besides his brother Dennis, Perry Kucinich is survived
by brothers Frank, Gary, and Larry, and by sisters
Theresa and Beth Ann. They all live in northeast Ohio.
A Democratic rival, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson,
offered his condolences to Kucinich and his family.
"Barbara and I will keep your family in our thoughts
and prayers," Richardson said in a statement.