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    Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Infamous Proponent of Assisted Suicide, Dies at Age 83


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    Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Infamous Proponent of Assisted Suicide, Dies at Age 83

    Post by Bruhub on Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:31 pm


    Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who earned the nickname "Dr. Death" for his efforts on behalf of assisted suicide, died on Friday at the age of 83.

    Kevorkian died at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, after he was admitted for kidney and respiratory ailments. According to the Detroit Free Press, Kevorkian, who was previously diagnosed with liver cancer, died from a blood clot that lodged in his heart.

    Kevorkian is believed to have assisted 130 people in death. He was convicted of second degree murder for the last person he helped commit suicide and spent eight years of a 25-year sentence in prison. He was only released after promising to give up on his mission, which was for the right of the terminally ill to choose how they die.

    1990 was when Kevorkian performed his first acknowledged assisted suicide. He helped a woman with Alzheimer's disease die by lending her a machine he designed that would allow her to inject herself with lethal medication. He was charged with first degree murder, but the charges were later dropped.

    Kevorkian was first given the "Dr. Death" moniker when during his medical residency during the 1950s, he volunteered for the night shift at Detroit Receiving Hospital so that he could be on duty when more people were dying.

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