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Marion Barry’s son dies of a drug overdose at 36

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Photo: via @marionchristopherbarry Facebook

Marion Christopher Barry grew up in the public eye as his father, Marion Barry, served as mayor of Washington, D.C. During his youth, Christopher witnessed his father lead D.C. and provide job opportunities for Blacks. However, he also witnessed the drug scandals that his father endured during his terms as mayor. Unfortunately, Chris would also endure struggles with drugs.

On the morning of Aug. 14, Christopher Barry, 36, was found dead of a drug overdose. According to WJLA in Washington, D.C., Christopher was with friends at an apartment in the Wellington Park section of Washington, D.C. when he lost his life. He was drinking alcohol and using the drug K2 when collapsed and never regained consciousness.

The drug K2 is a synthetic form of marijuana that blends industrial chemicals sprayed on dried leaves. It causes users to experience shaking and seizures, high blood pressure, and hallucination. It’s a cheaper version of marijuana, but the effects can be fatal. In June, over 30 people were hospitalized after taking the drug in New York.

Christopher attended Hampton University and later formed the Efficiency Contractors LLC. In 2015, Chris ran for Washington, D.C. City Council for Ward 8. It was the same district that was once led by his father. Chris finished sixth in the race.

He also dealt with legal issues and was arrested several times on drug charges. Chris confronted his problems and became sober shortly before his run for city council. His overdose and death has shocked the D.C. community.







  1. nosey rosy on August 14, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    rip why is it black men alway fall victim to senseless crime as such barry sr set the stage for his demise his father was a bad roll model who cares what he did for dc he did nothing for humanity he can actuall blame his self for his son . it so true that HOW YOU RAISE THEM IS HOW U WILL LOSE THEM .. i swear it sad… a man is gone wrecklessly and he had a real great future

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  3. Francis on September 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Sweet!!!! At least he won’t become another drugged up mayor of DC.