December 19th, 2007
05:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Kucinich's brother found dead

Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

(CNN) - Perry Kucinich, brother of Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, was found dead Wednesday morning at his eastside Cleveland home, officials said.

His body was discovered by another brother, Larry, in his apartment about 9 a.m., a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner told CNN.

Powell Caesar said the cause of the 51-year-old man's death won't be known until the results of the autopsy are returned. But, Caesar said, the body did not show injuries and there appeared to be no signs of foul play.

Dennis Kucinich said in a statement that his brother struggled with mental illness but led a productive life. The congressman and his wife were flying in to Cleveland later Wednesday.

"He was a genius. He had extraordinary insights," he said.

Perry Kucinich was an artist whose work had recently been on display at a local art gallery, the statement added. He was expected to have another showing
of his art in the spring.

He was the fifth of seven children in the Kucinich family, with brother Dennis being the oldest.

"Dennis was very close to his brother Perry," said family spokesman Andy Juniewicz in the same statement "He watched after him, and he loved him dearly. The two spoke nearly every day."

Funeral services are pending.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dalton, Winston-Salem, NC

    Best wishes to the Kucinich family–this is horrible. Good luck Dennis, Larry, and the rest of the brothers–may God be with you.

    December 19, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Jimenez - Texas

    So sorry about his loss. I think Dennis is a great guy and see him somewhere in Hillary's future.

    December 19, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Tom Dedham, Mass

    No idiot politics here people.

    Be respectful or don't post on this.

    This time of year you hate to get this type of news.

    December 19, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    I don't support you, but having lost a close relative at this time of the year, I know how difficult that can be. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

    December 19, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Dan, Detroit, MI

    It's pretty disappointing that this is what's required in order for Dennis to get any news coverage other than making him out to be some UFO nut. You and your family are in our prayers Dennis.

    December 19, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    It's always rough to lose a family member – even worse around the holidays. Sending warm wishes and good thoughts to Congressman Kucinich and his entire family.

    December 19, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. David Columbus,OH

    Sorry for your loss Dennis.

    December 19, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |