Who’s your daddy? Digging up the famous for DNA testing
DNA tests on the remains of eccentric artist Salvador Dali have found that he is not the father of a Spanish psychic who claimed to be his only daughter, according to the Dali Foundation.
Dali’s remains were exhumed in July after Pilar Abel, 61, claimed her mother had a relationship with Dali.
Some other examples from recent history:
– French crooner Yves Montand –
The remains of the popular French singer and film star, who died in 1991, were dug up in March 1998 at Paris’s Pere-Lachaise cemetery after a long legal battle. A 22-year-old woman, Aurore Drossart, sought to prove that she was his daughter; DNA tests proved negative.
– Argentine leader Juan Peron –
The remains of the populist leader, who served three terms as president of Argentina, were exhumed in October 2006, 32 years after his death. A 72-year-old woman, Martha Holgado, claimed to be his daughter. DNA tests showed that she was not.
– Chess legend Bobby Fischer –
Fischer’s remains were exhumed in July 2010 in his adopted country Iceland to establish if nine-year-old Jinky Young from the Philippines is his daughter, as the girl’s mother claimed in a row over his estate. Test results submitted to a tribunal in Reykjavik showed Fischer, who died in 2008 aged 64, was not the father.
– F1 champion Fangio –
The body of five-time Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio was exhumed in August 2015 in his native Argentina to settle a paternity dispute two decades after his death at age 84. Two men — Oscar Espinoza and Ruben Vazquez who brought separate cases claiming Fangio was their father — were determined via DNA samples to be his sons, according to Argentine media in 2015 and 2016.