Contrary to popular belief, former CNN talk show host Larry King isn't a cryogenically frozen corpse...yet.
In a recent CNN special, King says that when he finally does kick the bucket he wants his body to be frozen, which -- with the help of Scottsdale-based Alcor Life Extentions, best-known for allegedly using the frozen head of deceased Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams' as a baseball -- is totally doable.
"I want to be frozen on the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back," King tells a table of celebrities on CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings, which is scheduled to air on Sunday on CNN.
King goes on to joke that he wants to be placed in a state of "suspendered" animation.
Alcor bills itself as "the leader in cryonics (freezing dead bodies)," so it seems like a logical place for a celebrity like King to spend an eternity on ice.
Alcor, however, won't say whether King has any plans with the company to freeze his corpse.
"Alcor policy: we cannot confirm or deny," a company spokesperson tells New Times.
Alcor gives the following explanation of "cryonics":
"Cryonics is a speculative life support technology that seeks to preserve human life in a state that will be viable and treatable by future medicine. It is expected that future medicine will include mature nanotechnology, and the ability to heal at the cellular and molecular levels."
The company came under fire a few years ago when former Alcor executive Larry Johnson wrote a tell-all book about "cryonics," in which he describes how Williams' frozen head was tossed around like a baseball while lab technicians tried to hit it with a monkey wrench.
The company denies the allegations.
Check out the Alcor website here -- (gulp) interesting stuff.
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