It's disingenuous and somewhat disrespectful to their family to state this as fact without personally knowing the people involved. The snags with technological progress are exposed in the gaps it leaves in contingency planning for unforeseen circumstances. In an increasingly large number of cases, the reason behind not having a deceased spouse's password can be pinpointed precisely to a lack of forward planning because the person involved may not have thought to leave it in their will or in another similar legally-binding form.
Originally Posted by RumoredNow
This is how, with my 1Password install, my wife knows she will have every password to every account in my name immediately upon my passing, down to the unlock pattern on my Android phone and SSH keys for my dedicated servers. It's every bit as important anything else in your will, in my opinion.
You can never plan too far ahead when technology is making the rules for you as you go along. Unfortunately, many well-meaning people are caught on both sides of this problem, leaving nothing behind, and having nothing left to them for no good reason other than a lack of proper preparation.
To OP: Have your friend contact Facebook through the family lawyer. As RumoredNow stated, they have strict privacy protocols in place, and your friend may need to provide the death certificate and other materials in order to wrangle this information from them if he chooses to continue pursuing this route. Alternatively, if he can't retrieve the data you wish to pull (which is quite likely), he can file for a Memorialization request here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contac...05593649477238