Assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian dies at age 83
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Michigan. He was 83. He had been hospitalized for a month with kidney failure and pneumonia. The immediate cause of death was, the pathologist convicted and imprisoned for helping 130 people commit suicide, died Friday at in ,
Born Jacob Kevorkian on May 26, 1928 in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1999 he was charged with 2nd degree murder. He was convicted and sentenced to 10-to-25 years in a prison in Coldwater, Michigan, but was paroled on June 1, 2007 due to ill health.
The concept of a doctor assisting suicide wasand he was known as "Dr Death". Dr. Kervorkian told the BBC in 2007, "I knew what I was doing... I accepted the consequences because I had to do the right thing."
In 2010 the film, about Kevorkian's life, was made and released on US TV network .
Despite his campaign, physician-assisted suicide is currently legally accepted in only one state, Oregon, which passed a law in 1997 allowing a physician to prescribe lethal drugs to a terminally ill patient.
Kevorkian was also a jazz musician and composer.was a 1997 limited release CD of 5,000 copies from the Lucid Subjazz label.
In 2008 he ran for congress against congressman.
- Dave Bohon. "Assisted Suicide Proponent Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies" — , June 4, 2011
- "Jack Kevorkian: 'Doctor Death' dies in US aged 83" — , June 3, 2011