Like "Frosty the Snowman," who famously told the children he would "be back again someday," Larry King is preparing for a future that includes Larry King — even after the rest of us have shuffled off this mortal coil.
The 78-year-old revealed to a celebrity-packed dinner table that he would like his body to be frozen through cryonics. The frank discussion — in which everything under the sun was discussed — was part of a special aired last night titled "CNN Presents: A Larry King Special: Dinner with the Kings." Those in attendance included Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones and Russell Brand.
"I want to be frozen on the hope that they'll find whatever I died of and bring me back," King told his surprised audience. When MacFarlane asked if he was a bit obsessed with his own mortality, King confirmed the suspicion. "My biggest fear is death, because I don't think I'm going anywhere," he said. "And since I don't think that, and I don't have a belief ... I'm married to someone who has the belief, so she knows she's going somewhere."
When the conversation started to shift, O'Brien, still shocked over the news, exclaimed, "I just want to make sure that we stick with the headline here, which is that you wish to be frozen."
"Listen, two things just happened," O'Brien quipped. "You revealed you want your head chopped off and frozen, and Russell Brand went into your wife's room and stole your underwear. And now you're moving on with your prepared questions."
Since the procedure was first proposed in the early '60s, some 200 people have been preserved by cooling their bodies at low temperatures. The typical cost can be anywhere from $10,000-$80,000 for the head alone to more than $200,000 for whole body preservation. The most famous name associated with the science is Ted Williams of baseball fame, whose remains were frozen by Alcor after his death in 2002.
Other celebrities interested in the procedure include Simon Cowell and Parish Hilton, who revealed in 2007 her plans to freeze not only her own body, but also those of her pets. "It’s so cool. Almost all the cells in the body are still alive when death is pronounced. And if you’re immediately cooled, you can be perfectly preserved. My life could be extended by hundreds and thousands of years."
With that in mind, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" has never sounded so good.