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A growing number of people are making the decision to be cryogenically frozen after death in order to receive a second chance at life. Despite the fact that no method of revival from being cryogenically frozen exists to this day, these individuals are hoping that advances in future medicine and technology will allow them to be revived and cured of conditions that killed them.
Looking at current research, this topic is certainly controversial both in and out of the scientific world. Many scientists claim that cryonics is founded on false promises and unprovable nonsense. Whereas others claim that death and aging will be looked upon in the future as primitive and unnecessary experiences.
Nevertheless, reading more about the people who have already endured the deep freeze is certainly interesting and slightly bizarre.
Five Cryonically Frozen People
1. James Bedford
Bedford, a psychology professor at the University of California, is the oldest cryogenically frozen human being on earth. He died on January 12, 1967 due to kidney cancer and became the first person to enter cryonic suspension. This was a huge milestone for the cryo-community and January 12th is regarded amongst the community as “Bedford Day”.
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2. Ted Williams
Williams, an American professional baseball player and member of the hall of fame, is currently the most famous cryogenically frozen person to this day. After dying of cardiac arrest, his original wishes to be cremated were overlooked as his son produced the controversial cocktail napkin on which Williams said he wanted to be preserved with his family.
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3. John Henry Williams
Williams, the son of Ted Williams, kept true to the family pact on the cocktail napkin. Following a short lived professional baseball career, he tragically died of leukemia at the age of 35. He adhered to his father’s apparent wishes and was frozen immediately after his death.
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4. Dick Clair Jones
Jones, an actor, producer, and writer, was best known for television sitcoms The Facts of Life, Mama's Family, and It's a Living. He took a major interest in cryonics and became a member of the Cryonics Society of California. He died of AIDS-related infections and his body is currently in cryonic suspension.
Fereidoun M. Esfandiary had his name changed to reflect his goal of living to be 100 as 2030 would have been his 100th birthday. Unfortunately in 2000, he died of pancreatic cancer at age 69 and was cryogenically frozen following his belief that death would be a thing of the past.
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Five Celebrities Who Want to be Cryonically Frozen
1. Seth McFarlane
The comedian, best known for Family Guy, sat down with Larry King and discussed his plans to be cryogenically frozen after his death. He even suggests that they should do it together. View the brief interview below.
2. Larry King
The former late night host plans to be cryogenically preserved after he dies. In an interview with Conan O'Brien, he states that he never made the leap of faith to beliving in the after life. The only hope of living longer is to be frozen after death and then woken up after the cure to what killed him is found. See the whole interview below.
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3. Simon Cowell
The America's Got Talent judge informed guests at a private dinner that he would like to be frozen when he dies. In his own words, he stated the following..
‘I have decided to freeze myself when I die. You know, cryonics. You pay a lot of money and you get stuck in a deep freeze once you’ve been declared dead.
Medical science is bound to work out a way of bringing us back to life in the next century or so, and I want to be available when they do.
I would be doing the nation an invaluable service.’
Make sure to tell your grandchildren to keep an eye out for Cowell's return to America's Got Talent in the next century.
4. Paris Hilton
The Hilton heiress has expressed interest in being frozen after her death. Knowing Hilton's personality, we can safely assume her pups will be coming with her whether they're ready or not. Ruh Oh!
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5. Britney Spears
Having already paid the $200,000 to have her body frozen after death, it seems likely that Spears is already commited to the idea of hitting us one more time with her music in the future. If successful, it could be the ultimate comeback of any artist.
A Parting Thought
I was surprised to find myself struggling with this particular subject. The idea of being frozen to be restored in the future sounds like a kind, albeit vain and costly, alternative to burial or cremation. But the fact remains that being revived is nothing more today than a wager based on hope. Not to mention, the concept of “cheating death” continues to be a little daunting.