- Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:08
In a slow week in celebrity estate news, the only newsworthy item is an NYT article about cryonics and a young woman who had her brain preserved upon her death from cancer 2 years ago. To raise the $80K needed to pay for the freezing of her brain until her brain can be brought back to life in the future, she and her boyfriend posted a plea on Reddit. A post-death brain scan has shown that the chemo-preservatives needed to protect her brain from ice damage only reached the outer level of her brain.
Several points, mostly dorm room existential:
1. If you could be brought back to life, but everyone you knew had died, would you still want to be brought back?
2. If you are the boyfriend and your long dead girlfriend was brought back to life, would you leave your current spouse and family to be with her?
3. If 80% of your dead girlfriend’s brain is damaged by the freezing, would she still be the person you would want to be with?
4. Would Bill Clinton preserve Hillary’s brain? Or vice versa? I think we all know this answer.
5. If the young woman ever wanted Ted Williams’ autograph, or to meet Walt Disney, cryopreservation was her only hope.
- Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:39
In playing his entire Hall of Fame career for the Chicago Cubs, Ernie Banks became the most famous and beloved player in Cubs history. At the time of his death last month, he had been estranged from his third wife for 7 years. He revised his will several months before his death to leave all of his assets to his caregiver of several years and to nominate her as his executrix. His sons are questioning the validity of his will while his ex-wife has gone to court to prevent the caregiver from cremating his body and spreading his ashes in Wrigley Field. His sons and estranged wife both allege he was suffering from dementia prior to his death. The funeral home which handled his funeral and the cemetery where he was supposed to be buried both state that they have no knowledge about the location of his body.
Three quick points:
1. A will revised by an individual immediately prior to death which leaves assets to a care giver instead of children is ripe for contesting on the grounds of both lack of mental capacity AND undue influence. I doubt this will work out in the favor of the care giver.
2. It is possible that the body of Mr. Banks is located with the head of Ted Williams.
3. Steve Bartman wishes he could have vanished as effortlessly as the body of Mr. Cub.