Why Mary Robbins' Head Is on Ice

February 22 2010, 1:20 PM

Ever since Mary Robbins died earlier this month, her body has been stored on dry ice in a mortuary in Colorado Springs as her family fights with a nonprofit in Arizona. Their main contention: Robbins' head. Robbins, who was 71 when she passed away on February 9, signed documents in 2006 that allow the Alcor Life Extension Foundation to preserve her head and brain via ultra-cold cryonics technology in hopes that one day she could somehow be reanimated, writes The Associated Press. Robbins agreed to pay the nonprofit a $50,000 annuity to cover the costs of the scheme, but her daughter, Darlene, says her mother changed her mind days before dying because the preservation process was too invasive and complicated. "I want to have closure. I want to be able to grieve for my mom in a normal way without fighting a legal battle. Give me back my mother," Darlene says of the situation, which has spilled into the courts. An attorney for Alcor, meanwhile, contends Mary Robbins didn't rescind her agreement with the company in writing and that Alcor wants to honor her wishes (via 11News in Colorado Springs). A hearing is expected in the coming days.