Barry Recovers at Home, Set for Kidney Drive, Book Tour

James Wright | 2/20/2014, 4:44 p.m.
Marion Barry

Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry is recovering at his Southeast home after returning from the hospital battling a urinary tract infection.

Barry, 77, is undergoing in-house physical therapy, his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said on Thursday.

"He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and he feels much, much better," Foster said.

She said that while Barry was hospitalized, he received many visitors including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D), D.C. Council members David Catania (I-At Large), Vincent Orange (D-At Large), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Gray reportedly visited the former mayor on Feb. 11 when he was scheduled to participate in a Ward 3 Democrats mayoral forum.

Gray visited Barry later that week after the Feb. 13 snowstorm.

"It's been like a revolving door," Foster said. "People have been coming in and out to see Mr. Barry. It seemed a never-ending stream of people."

Barry is scheduled to host a kidney drive on Saturday at Howard University Hospital in Northwest. In addition, to his duties as the Ward 8 D.C. Council member, Barry may soon be on a national tour for his autobiography.

Barry's book, "Mayor for Life': The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr.," is scheduled for an early June release and is being published by Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster.