A number of sources ranging from the Arizona Republic to the blogosphere have reported that actress and media celebrity Paris Hilton has become a cryonics supporter and investor.
As BANG Showbiz reports, “Paris Hilton wants to be frozen with her beloved pets when she dies. The hotel heiress is keen to live forever and has invested a large sum of money in the world’s biggest suspended animation cemetery, Cryonics Institute.”
The story is incorrect, both in its characterization of the Cryonics Institute and regarding Miss Hilton. It is apparently a media hoax. Unofficial sources have informed the Cryonics Society that reports of the actress’ commitment have no basis in reality.
Cryonics Institute membership policy includes a privacy clause which prevents the Institute from either confirming or denying whether a given individual is a member of the Institute, so direct disconfirmation from the Cryonics Institute has not been forthcoming. However, the Cryonics Institute is a not-for-profit organization, it welcomes donations, and as such not open to private commerical investment.
It is possible that the rumors may reach and interest Miss Hilton in cryonics, and her membership in or support of any cryonics organization would certainly be welcome. All available evidence at the moment suggests that that has not happened at this time.
The worldwide publicity attendant on the announcement, however, has a number of people in the cryonics movement thinking that making a more active effort to interest public figures in cryonics may well be a smart move.
If there is one thing that cryonics is undoubtedly good at getting, it’s media attention. And in an age of instant publicity, will it be long before stars of every kind learn from the Paris Hilton story and join the bandwagon? Time will tell.
I am personally looking forward to hearing more truthful stories about celebrities signing up for cryoprservation. Messages like that may encourage general public to consider all the benefits cryonics has to offer, like getting a chance to get a chance to see the future and most importantly – to live forever.