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'Doctor Death' Jack Kevorkian is Dead at 83


Dr. Death Jack Kevorkian has died, WDIV Detroit reports:

"Dr. Jack Kevorkian passed away early Friday morning at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Kevorkian died of pulmonary thrombosis around 2:30 a.m. He was 84-years-old (he was actually 83).  The retired pathologist had been hospitalized for the past few weeks...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."

Adds the Detroit Free Press:

[Kevorkian's lawyer Mayer] Morganroth said there were no artificial attempts to keep Kevorkian alive. Morganroth said he doubts anyone will assume Kevorkian's role in assisted suicide: 'Who else would take those kind of risks?' Morganroth said there are no plans for a memorial."

Last April, Anderson Cooper sat down with the controversial doctor. 

Watch that interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. hero. RIP

    Posted by: EO | Jun 3, 2011 8:45:06 AM

  2. RIP

    Posted by: Mstrozfckslv | Jun 3, 2011 9:12:51 AM

  3. I always thought the issues at stake with his crusade were remarkably similar to gay rights issues - at the heart of it is the privelege enjoyed by those that make the rules (white, wealthy, christian, straight) to control the behavior of others.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 3, 2011 9:32:06 AM

  4. Oops - "privilege." No coffee yet...

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 3, 2011 9:34:43 AM

  5. He helped so many people deal with their illnesses with direction and grace. I hope he felt those same emotions at his own end. In 50 years, we will call him a pioneer.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 3, 2011 9:42:46 AM

  6. RIP, Doctor! This is a man who braved religious zealots to allow humanity and compassion a chance... a real hero!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jun 3, 2011 9:43:32 AM

  7. RIP

    Posted by: VinciSmetana | Jun 3, 2011 11:36:56 AM

  8. TIL Towleroad readers are largely supporters of compassionate physician assisted suicide. I've always respected the man and felt his work was both moral and Good, quite unlike his sadistic opponents who would force the infirm and suffering to die a slow, painful, humiliating death.

    Posted by: Iko | Jun 3, 2011 12:02:07 PM

  9. Yep, a hero to me.

    Posted by: G.I. Joe | Jun 3, 2011 5:54:36 PM

  10. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this man was a hero.

    Posted by: DN | Jun 3, 2011 6:45:43 PM

  11. Here comes Cthulu...

    Posted by: Toto | Jun 3, 2011 9:55:34 PM

  12. A brave man with a real compassionate approach to life. He brought the idea of a compassionate death out of the closet, if you will. Lots of doctors will "help" their patients die with dignity but it's an open secret in the medical profession, at least in the U.S. I hope that when my time comes, there is someone like Jack K. around.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 3, 2011 11:13:10 PM

  13. Dr. Dignity

    Posted by: PLAINTOM | Jun 4, 2011 5:24:15 PM

  14. jack was the man!! thank you mr kevorkian for sticking to your guns for all those years,i absolutely do not believe in suicide specially if your doing it for some moronic reason like a girlfriend/boyfriend/ leaving you etc but if your body is raked with a incurable disease like cancer and life has become a misery instead of a joy by all means end it right there and if i can help give me a ring, my mother and father both died of terrible diseases and i wish i could have ended it sooner for them but was too coward to do it, bless you sir and thanks again for your service.

    Posted by: cole | Jun 13, 2011 11:57:33 PM

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