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George Hook declares he wants to be cryonically frozen when he dies

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 11/11/2015 | 19:37

George Hook says that he would like to come back to life in 40 years time
George Hook says that he would like to come back to life in 40 years time
George Hook, presenter of The Right Hook on Newstalk

George Hook has declared that he wishes to have his body cryonically frozen after his death in the hope that he can be brought back to life or 'reanimated' at a later date.

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He admitted that he had become a bit fickle regarding what happened to his remains when he died, saying that his original plan was to gift his body to medical research.

The 74-year-old then changed his mind a few months ago and decided that he wanted "the full nine yards in the local Catholic church with my son and my grandson shouldering my coffin."

His new plan is to be cryonically frozen and wait patiently while scientists figure out how to bring him back to life.

The outspoken broadcaster made the comments while presenting The Right Hook on Newstalk yesterday.

Hook discussed the process of cyronic freezing while interviewing a specialist in the area, Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs at the London Science Museum.

Highfield remarked that on a recent visit to a facility that conducted cyronic freezing he learned that some people opt to have only their head frozen in order to keep costs down.

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While Highfield said that cyronic freezing was used successfully in laboratories all over the world to preserve embryos, sperm and eggs, freezing a human body isn't as straightforward as one may think.

"First you have to remove all the blood, then pump the corpse with DSO, a chemical, and finally you need to constantly monitor the temperature the body is stored at," he said.

"Think of strawberries for example - they go into the freezer all red and ripe and come out resembling mush.

"You could well end up with an empty vessel," he said.

However Hook had thought of a far more practical problem that seemed to have put him off the idea of being frozen alltogether.

"When I die my solicitor will read my will and will divvy out my money to my children.

"So what happens when I come back from the deep freeze in 40 or 50 years time and need my money?" he asked.

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