Cryonics is becoming more popular everyday - even famous people want to get cryogenically frozen. But, you’ve definitely done your homework, and you know that no freezing is involved in cryopreservation, don’t you?
Some famous people have done some background research already and have decided that cryopreserving themselves is worth it. Take a look at some of the biggest names who want to be cryopreserved or are currently cryopreserved.
In an interview with Larry King, cartoonist, comedian, and actor Seth MacFarlane said that he shared King’s desire to be cryopreserved. The two spoke briefly about either believing in an afterlife or not, or hoping for more life.
Paris Hilton has said publicly that she wants to leave a mark on the world and believes that cryonics offers her the chance to do that. She has also signed two of her dogs up for the service: her Chihuahua Tinkerbell and her Yorkshire Terrier Cinderella.
The world renowned EDM DJ has set up a foundation that invests in brain preservation and funds anti-aging technology. His enthusiasm for these fields has meant that he has signed up to be cryopreserved.
Ray Kurzweil is an author and futurist with some notable literature on the topic of AI. He is aware of the potential technological advancements that we may experience over the next few decades. He knows that they will change our lives and wants to be around to see them.
Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey is somewhat of a Cryonics and Life Extension celebrity. He is a central character in The Immortalists (2014) and Do You Want to Live Forever? (2007).
De Grey operates research foundations in the field of longevity science (SENS and Methuselah Foundation), he is also on the Scientific Advisory Board at Alcor Life Extension Foundation. He hopes that he will discover a cure for aging before he dies, but has a plan to be cryopreserved just in case he doesn’t.
Another famous name within the Cryonics Industry is Ralph Merkle, a computer scientist. He made breakthroughs in cryptography, but is now a speaker and researcher in Cryonics. He has been influential in the growth of Alcor and has signed up with them to be cryopreserved when he dies.
The co-founder of Paypal has invested heavily in anti-aging and longevity science foundations. One of which is the Methuselah Foundation, operated by Aubrey de Grey. He believes that we will see huge technological advancements this century and that he could benefit from them by being cryopreserved in the event of his death.
What rumours are there?
Below are a few celebrities who have had rumours circulating about their interest in being cryopreserved once they die.
Simon Cowell signed up to be cryopreserved a few years ago. He saw it more as an insurance policy for a potential chance of evading death. However after ridicule from a comedian, he questioned his support of the concept.
Tabloid news articles have circulated for years regarding her supposed desire to be cryopreserved. Friends have commented on her apparent obsession with the topic, but she has never made any official statement.
Perhaps the most famous name to have been linked to cryopreservation was Walt Disney. However, unfortunately, these are just rumours and it has been confirmed that he was cremated shortly after his death.
The famous U.S. talk show host spoke to many people throughout his life and undoubtedly had his own perceptions about life challenged. In interviews in 2009 and 2011, he stated that he wished to be cryopreserved when he died.
Is Larry King cryopreserved? Nobody knows for certain.
What famous people have already been cryopreserved?
Here is a selection of famous people who are currently in Biostasis waiting for advances in technology of the future.
FM-2030 was an Iranian-American Transhumanist philosopher. He changed his name to honour the year that he deemed we would live in an ageless society.
In July 2000, he died of pancreatic cancer in New York. Sadly, no standby team was able to perform the immediate first steps. However, he was the first person to be vitrified, and is now in cryostasis at Alcor.
A lot of controversy surrounded Ted Williams’ cryopreservation. The baseball player died in 2002 from cardiac arrest and had stated in his will that he wished to be cremated. However, following a legal battle, his children managed to get their father’s body cryopreserved. He is also now in the care of Alcor.
Dick Clair was a producer, actor and writer. He died in 1988 from complications with AIDS. Aside from his professional career, he was a firm believer in Cryonics and was a member of the Cryonics Society of California from the 1960s onwards. He is also now at Alcor.
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