American newspaper The New York Post reported yesterday that Icelandic authorities had drilled through Bobby Fischer’s coffin and into his body in order to take a DNA sample from the exhumed chess grand master’s corpse. But the Selfoss district commissioner says the NYP got it wrong.
The NYP article states that the DNA sample was taken by drilling through Fischer’s coffin and into his body; but Olafur Helgi Kjartansson, Selfoss District Commissioner, said: “I can confirm that that is not right.”
He says the exhumation, DNA test an re-burial were carried out with due respect, leaving everything intact. The procedure took place in the presence of a doctor and a priest, Visir.is reported.
(This story originally pointed to the New York Times; when it should have been the New York Post. These are two different newspapers and IceNews apologises to the NYT for any damage done)