Friday, 3 June 2011

'Doctor Death' dies in US aged 83:Jack Kevorkian

Jack Kevorkian, the man known as "Dr. Death" for helping the terminally ill end their lives, was deceased in the U.S. aged 83, his lawyer said.
Mayer Morgan Roth told the Associated Press news agency on Friday Kevorkian is deceased Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.
Kevorkian is deceased after a blood clot in his leg broke free and laid down in his heart, the Detroit Free Press reported.
He was believed to have assisted in 130 suicides and was released from prison in 2007, after eight years.
Kevorkian had been hospitalized since last month with pneumonia and kidney problems, said Mr Morgan Roth, who was a friend of Kevorkian's.
He added that hospital staff recordings of classical music played to Kevorkian before he died.
Murder conviction
Kevorkian was originally given a 10-25 year sentence for a second murder conviction in the death of terminally ill Thomas Youk.

But the former pathologist later won an appeal based on his own failing health and was only eight years.

His lawyers had said that he was suffering from hepatitis C and diabetes.
He had promised in affidavits that he would not assist in suicide if he was released.
Kevorkian told the BBC in 2007 he had no regrets for implementation assisted suicides.
"I knew what I did ... I accept the consequences, because I had to do the right thing," he said.
The doctor ran for Congress as an independent in 2008, receiving only 2.7% of the votes in a suburban Detroit district.
A film about the life Kevorkian's called You Do not Know Jack, was shown for the HBO television network in 2010.
The actor Al Pacino won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of the pathologist.
Kevorkian had claimed to have assisted in some 130 suicides, mostly in the Detroit area between 1990-98.
Many assisted suicides were conducted using his so-called mercy machine, which delivered lethal amounts of drugs intravenously.
Kevorkian methods alienated many. In 1998 he offered on a "first come, first served" basis the kidneys of a man he had helped to die.


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