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Bobby Fischer’s Remains in Iceland Exhumed

“The Supreme Court’s ruling has been fulfilled,” replied Ólafur Helgi Kjartansson, the District Commissioner in Selfoss, when asked earlier today whether grand chess master Robert J. Fischer’s body had been exhumed.

Fischer’s grave in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The purpose of the exhumation, which took place this morning, is to collect a biological specimen to settle a heritage dispute. Marilyn Young, a woman from the Philippines, claims Fischer is the father of her daughter Jinky, visir.is reports.

The Supreme Court of Iceland ruled last month that Fischer’s body should be exhumed to collect the sample. Kjartansson said a physician and a priest had been present when the ruling was complied with.

Fischer, who became an Icelandic citizen a few years before his death, was buried in Laugardaelakirkjugardur near Selfoss in 2008.

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