Celebrity cryonics

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Cryonics has its share of celebrity supporters and other high-profile cases. The following list mostly excludes people primarily known as futurists.

Urban legends

Probably not here just yet...
  • Walk Disney was never suspended[1]

Uncertainties

  • Paris Hilton and her pets were reportedly signed up with the Cryonics Institute since 2007[2][3] However according to Maria Konovalenko this appears to be a media hoax.[4] She may have been influenced by her magician partner Curtis Eugene Lovell II[5]
  • Gore Vidal (died 2012) - author, was a supporter[6] but it's unclear if he was ever suspended.
  • Muhammed Ali (died 2016) - Boxer and activist. Visited a facility in 1992[7]. Unclear whether he was suspended after his death.[8]
  • Lucy Liu - actress, once quoted as saying "When I die, I wish to be cryogenically frozen in Nan Kempner's closet".[9] Not to be confused with her Futurama appearance in 'I Dated a Robot'[10]

Deceased

  • Dick Clair[11] (died 1988) - Actor - Died amidst legal dramas[12]
  • Ted Williams (died 2002) - Baseball player, suspended at Alcor in 2002[13]
  • Arthur C Clarke - science fiction author and cryonics supporter. However he was buried rather than vitrified in 2008.[14]
  • Kim Suozzi (died 2013) - Young American woman who had a high media profile and kept a video diary around her terminal illness and crowd funded[15] suspension at Alcor[16][17][18][19]
  • JS (died 2016) - 14 year old British girl who won a right to be cryopreserved against the wishes of one parent, sparking calls for a stronger regulatory framework[20]

Living

  • Peter Thiel - Silicon Valley venture capitalist for many years signed up for several years[21]
  • Simon Cowell - British TV presenter, since 2009[22]
  • Britney Spears - Singer, revealed in 2010[23][24]
  • Seth MacFarlane - Family guy writer and voice actor supported some time before 2011[25]
  • Larry King - TV and Radio host, emerged 2011[26][27]

See also

References

  1. Disney on Ice: Walt's Frosty Afterlife?
  2. http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/Paris+Hilton-18098.html
  3. http://lesswrong.com/lw/kc/congratulations_to_paris_hilton/
  4. https://mariakonovalenko.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/paris-hilton-invests-in-cryonics-%E2%80%93-for-herself-her-pets/
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20071023080644/www.mmdnewswire.com/mgicin-curtis-eugene-lovell-ii-to-be-frozen-for-e-hundred-yers-1300-2.html
  6. http://mentalfloss.com/article/28219/chilling-tale-james-bedford-cryonics-pioneer
  7. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19920112&slug=1469889
  8. https://rickpotvin-cryonet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/was-muhammed-ali-frozen-like-ted.html
  9. http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/lius-bizarre-after-life-plan-355305.html
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Dated_a_Robot
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Clair
  12. http://www.duhaime.org/LawFun/LawArticle-1290/Dick-Clair-Dicks-Around-With-His-Cryogenics-Will.aspx
  13. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ted-williams-frozen-in-two-pieces/
  14. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/cryonics-the-chilling-facts-2326328.html
  15. https://www.bustle.com/articles/110280-kim-suozzi-froze-her-brain-after-death-thanks-to-a-crowdfund-from-reddit-granting-her-last
  16. https://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000003897597/kim-suozzis-last-wishes.html
  17. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/us/cancer-immortality-cryogenics.html
  18. http://www.alcor.org/donate/KimSuozzi.html
  19. https://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/ydsy5/reddit_help_me_find_some_peace_in_dying_young_im/
  20. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/18/cancer-girl-14-is-cryogenically-frozen-after-telling-judge-she-w/
  21. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11098971/Peter-Thiel-the-billionaire-tech-entrepreneur-on-a-mission-to-cheat-death.html
  22. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1151872/Simon-Cowell-Im-going-freeze-body-I-die-I-brought-life.html
  23. http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/brit/news-story/f6183fb0226c45fb5927fb2f4bff1efc
  24. http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2015/06/19/can-buy-immortality-200000-want/
  25. http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/playlist/black-history-month/2013/1/19/seth-macfarlane-discusses-cryonics
  26. http://people.com/celebrity/larry-king-wants-to-be-frozen-after-he-dies/
  27. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/larry-king-seth-macfarlane-conan-obrien-frozen-dead-269705