Michigan orders Cryonics Institute to close

August 27, 2003 | Source: ClickOnDetroit.com

The Cryonics Institute has been ordered to stop operating its business by the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services.

CIS said the institute is operating as an unlicensed mortuary science establishment and a nonregistered cemetery.

The governmental agency said it was made aware of the Michigan cryonics facility after the death of Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ted Williams, whose remains are frozen in an Arizona cryonics facility.

The Cryonics Institute may become licensed either as a funeral establishment or registered as a cemetery; however, current law would prohibit the Cryonics Institute from being able to do both; however the institute could make arrangements for the bodies to be prepared in a licensed funeral home, according to CIS.