Jack Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death, Dead at 83
On June 3, 2011 At 8:35 am
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Dr. Jack Kevorkian died in a Detroit hospital this morning. The assisted suicide advocate was called "Dr. Death" by some.
Kevorkian claimed that he helped 130 people with assisted suicide. Some thought that this was unethical; others thought that the doctor was performing a humanitarian service.
In 1999, Kevorkian was convicted of second degree murder and sent to prison after a broadcast showed him giving a lethal injection to a man who was suffering from ALS. Ayotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Kevorkian eventually lost his license to practice medicine. In 2007, he was released from prison on parole due to failing health. The next year, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress.
He was hospitalized last month for pneumonia and kidney problems.