'Body Worlds' Creator Gunther von Hagens To Display Own Corpse After Death

PARIS -- Gunther von Hagens says he is dying, and he wants to put his preserved corpse on display as part of his popular "Body Worlds" exhibitions.

Mr. Hagens is the anatomist and artist who invented a process that infuses body parts with synthetic resin, the basis of the touring exhibitions of skinless bodies in lifelike poses or dissected, their muscles, nerves and tendons revealed in morbid detail. Other animals are also plastinated, including a giraffe that reportedly took three years to process. Mr. Hagens's shows have drawn more than 20 million viewers and pulled in more than $200 million.