The family of Harry Houdini’s widow are seeking to block plans to exhume the escape artist’s remains.
Houdini’s great nephew George Hardeen last week launched a campaign to have the body removed from its grave, but has been met with opposition over claims it is a publicity stunt.
Houdini died on Halloween 1926 at the age of 52, allegedly after receiving a punch to the stomach, rupturing his appendix – but reports persist the illusionist was murdered.
But John and Jeffrey Blood, the grandnephews of Bess Houdini, refuse to have the legendary illusionist’s body dug up – 81 years after he died – because they do not believe the media hype surrounding Houdini’s death as suspicious.
In a statement, the Blood brothers said: “It is our firm belief that Bess Houdini would never approve of this. The family believes this is likely being done to promote sales of a recent book on Harry Houdini, suggesting he may have been murdered.”
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