Nonprofit Newswire | Heads Might Roll Before This Fight is Over

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February 20, 2010; Los Angeles Times | An Arizona nonprofit and a Colorado family are going head to head—literally—over a battle concerning a $50,000 annuity—plus something else—the nonprofit says it is due. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation of Scottsdale, Ariz., claims that before she died, 71-year-old Mary Robbins gave it the right to cryogenically preserve her head and brain. In addition, the foundation claims it was promised a $50,000 annuity to cover preservation costs. The paper reports that Robbins, who died Feb. 9, from cancer, had signed documents in 2006 directing Alcor to preserve her head and brain in extremely cold temperatures—”in the expectation that future technology may be able to bring her back to life and restore her health.” However, Robbins’ daughter, Darlene, said her mother changed her mind shortly before her death and also signed new papers giving the family the annuity. Alcor has suggested it still get the head and the family received custody of the body. Robbins opposes that offer, saying she wants to grieve for her mother and not get ensnared in a legal battle. The Times reports that until custody issues are resolved, Robbins’ body is being stored on dry ice at a Colorado Springs mortuary.—Bruce Trachtenberg

  • Vidya Hogan

    Catchy headline…glad it’s not my mom you’re talking about.