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Chess icon Bobby Fischer's body exhumed over paternity case

July 5, 2010 |  2:04 pm

Fischer Authorities in Iceland have exhumed the body of American chess champion Bobby Fischer to determine whether he is the father of a 9-year-old girl from the Philippines.

Police district commissioner Olafur Helgi Kjartansson said Fischer's corpse was dug up from a cemetery in southern Iceland early Monday in the presence of a doctor, a priest and other officials. He said Fischer's body was reburied after DNA samples were taken.

Fischer died in Iceland in 2008 after a long illness. He was 64 and had lived in Iceland since 2005.

Last month, Iceland's supreme court ruled Fischer's body should be exhumed so DNA testing could determine whether he was the father of a girl whose mother says she had a relationship with Fischer. You can read the complete Associated Press story about Bobby Fischer here.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Bobby Fischer in 1965. Credit: Associated Press