"Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian Has Died

A lawyer and friend of Jack Kevorkian says the assisted suicide advocate has died at a Detroit-area hospital at the age of 83.

Mayer Morganroth tells The Associated Press that Kevorkian died Friday morning at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he had been hospitalized. He says nurses played classical music by Kevorkian's favorite Johan Sebastian Bach before he died.

Kevorkian had been hospitalized since last month with pneumonia and kidney problems.

Morganroth says Kevorkian was conscious Thursday night and the two spoke about leaving the hospital and getting ready for rehabilitation.

Kevorkian was released from a Michigan prison in 2007 after serving eight years for second-degree murder. He claims to have assisted in at least 130 suicides.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Jim Location: UK on Jun 6, 2011 at 01:57 AM
    Glad to see the enlightened comments regarding this humane man...contrasting with the pathetic nickname given to him by the media, in an attempt to make him ghoulish.
  • by Ruby Sue Location: North Carolina on Jun 5, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    RIP Dr. K. Too bad the world wasn't ready for your idea. Sadly, we treat our pets with more dignity than we treat our loved ones at the end of life. When my 90-yr old mother suffered an inoperable hip fracture, I was told that all they could do for her was to keep her heavily sedated for pain, and that she might "hang in there" for up to 6 months, bedridden and unconscious. Thankfully, she only lasted 2 days in that state. She had already lost all ability to communicate and her body was reduced to almost nothing. If any of us kept a dog or cat alive with machines or powerful narcotics, it would be considered cruel and foolish!
  • by To Anonymous 7:45 AM Location: Everywhere on Jun 4, 2011 at 02:00 PM
    If you don't know the difference between euthenasia and murder, that's pretty sad. Maybe one day, if you find yourself lying in bed, paralyzed, with a tube down your throat keeping you alive, you'll have a better understanding. Although, you're probably stupid enough to pray that someone will simply "murder" you.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    Murder is considered 'ahead of your time'? Really?
  • by To michelle 9:16 a.m. Location: Here on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:52 PM
    Quote: "It's God's decision to decide when someone should die!" If that's right, michelle, then surely when Dr K helped to ease someone's suffering, it was GOD's decision. Glad you cleared that up for everybody.
  • by Ahead of his Time Location: ENC on Jun 3, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    RIP, Dr Kevorkian. We need more compassionate doctors like yourself. Instead, we have what I call "MG"s, not MD's. You know, Money Generators. After 40 years in the field, I can tell you that administrators run medicine now, not doctors. The hospitals are nothing more than big businesses, driven by the almighty dollar. Despite their claims that the "patients come first", anyone with a brain can see that hospital administrations spread nothing but propaganda and lies. Healthcare is, and has been for awhile, all about money. The doctors don't HAVE to order lots of unnecessary tests to create revenue. But, they better order those needless tests if they want to stay on a hospital's staff for long. Extend that pain and suffering so we can make money 'til the bitter end. It makes me sick to my stomach. You know what it is? INCREDIBLE!!!
  • by rl Location: bear grass on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    RIP, just hope that we have someone to take your place. God bless you
  • by ssm on Jun 3, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    RIP Dr. K.....maybe one day someone will see how important your idea was, and will allow people to make the decision for themselves to end their terminal suffering or not...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    I agree with you 100% Death with Dignity....no one wants to feel like they may be a burden to anyone, and what kind of life is it to be in a vegitative state...the government needs to pay more attention to the low life thugs in prison, and all these sorry people on welfare and leave the others alone....
  • by Death with Dignity Location: USA on Jun 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    Right cause, wrong ambassator. We humanely "put ALL animals down" except humans. Yet we starve them to death(no foods/fluids) and not allow them die without dignity. In cases in terminal illness I should be able to determine how I leave this earth and NOT some pious idiot telling me how to go out. Don't tell me that dying in pain(ALL pain can NOT be controlled) urinating and deficating on myself is degnified, it's NOT!!!! PERIOD!! If you want to go out that way so be it, BUT don't tell/restrict me how to die!!! In cases of terminal illnesses folks should be able to determine how/when they leave this world!!!!
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