Icelandic TV and radio announced today that chess playing genius Bobby Fischer has died at the age of 64,
Information on the cause of death has not yet been released.
During his life Fischer was accused of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism (despite being born in the US and being of Jewish descent). He was granted Icelandic citizenship in 2005.
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks on America, Bobby Fischer was a rare western voice speaking off-message. Live on Filipino radio he said.......
"This is all wonderful news, I applaud the act. The US and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians, just slaughtering them, for years. Robbing them and slaughtering them. Nobody gave a shit. Now it's coming back to the US. Fuck the US. I want to see the US wiped out. Death to the US."
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