Argentine judge orders body of racing star Fangio exhumed

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Posted: Aug 08, 2015 2:15 PM
Argentine judge orders body of racing star Fangio exhumed

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The body of the late Formula 1 star Juan Manuel Fangio has been exhumed by orders of an Argentina judge for testing to determine paternity claims brought by two men who believe they are his sons.

The remains of Fangio, who died in 1995, were removed from a family crypt Friday and taken to a morgue in his hometown of Balcarce for extraction of DNA samples. Results are expected to be known in one to two months.

Fangio, who won five world titles between 1951 and 1957, was never married and did not recognize having any children during his life. But a suit brought by Oscar Espinosa claims his mother had a relationship with Fangio in the 1950s. Another man, Ruben Vazquez, also claims that he is Fangio's biological son.

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Vazquez was present Friday for the exhumation of the body.

"For reasons of destiny, we only saw each other one time. He knew I was his son; I didn't learn of it until later," Vazquez told Justicia, a national news agency of the Ministry of Justice. "I am sure of my identity.