Media tycoon Robert Maxwell went missing at sea off the coast of Tenerife.
The indefatigable 68-year-old, owner of Mirror Group newspapers (MGC), was presumed to have fallen into the sea after suffering a heart attack on November 5.
A full-scale search was initiated. In the interim period, MGC and Maxwell Communications Corporation asked for trading of their shares to be suspended.
Mr Maxwell was born in Czechoslovakia and during the Second World War was awarded the Military Cross from Field Marshall Montgomery, after D-Day.
An MGn spokesman said:“Mr Maxwell’s family were immediately informed of the search and arrangements made for his wife, Betty, to fly to Tenerife, accompanied by their eldest son, Philip.”
Mr Maxwell’s body was found in the water later the same day, after it was winched from the Atlantic by a Spanish helicopter 20 miles south-west of Gran Canaria. Spanish national radio said he was unclothed and showed no sign of violence, although speculation over his death continues to this day.