Ted Williams' daughter drops challenge vs. siblings

INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' eldest daughter dropped her challenge Friday to her siblings' decision to have the baseball legend's body permanently frozen.

Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell dropped her objections after a judge agreed that a $645,000 trust will be distributed equally among Ferrell, John-Henry Williams and Claudia Williams.

The trust had been written so no money would be distributed until 10 years after the slugger's death July 5.

"She will take no further legal action regarding the disposition of her father's body," said Bob Goldman, an attorney for John-Henry and Claudia Williams.

Ferrell sued to have the court decide whether her father's ashes should be scattered in the ocean off Florida, as he declared in his 1996 will. Her siblings maintained they signed a handwritten pact with him in November 2000 agreeing that their bodies would be frozen.

Shortly after Williams died at the age of 83, John-Henry had his body moved to a Alcor Life Extension Foundation facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., where it was cryonically frozen. Cryogenic supporters say bodies might one day be thawed and brought back to life. Most experts say that is highly unlikely.

The siblings had been in continuous negotiations during the past several months, and hearings on the issue were twice postponed.

Under the original terms of the trust, written in 1986, the Williams children could have up to a third of their share of the trust at age 40, no more than half at 45, and the full amount at 50.

Both John-Henry and Claudia Williams are in their 30s. Ferrell is in her 50s.

The 1986 trust is only a portion of Williams' wealth. The value of his estate hasn't been made public.

Williams, known as the "Splendid Splinter," was the last major league baseball player to bat over .400 in a season. The Hall of Famer played for the Boston Red Sox until his retirement in 1960, when he hit a home run on the final swing of his career.

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