Dr. Jack Kevorkian, also known as “Dr. Death”, has passed away earlier today. He was 83-years-old.
Dr. Kevorkian earned the moniker after championing patient’s right to death and helped them with doctor assisted suicides. He was said to have helped over 130 patients in their quests to end their lives. He has famously said, “Dying is not a crime.”
After spending a little over eight years in prison for assisting in a suicide, he talked about his cause. He said, “My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It’s got to be decriminalized.”
His lawyer, Geoffrey Feiger, said that the doctor passed away at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, where he had been in the hospital for the last two weeks. He had been suffering from kidney and heart problems.
His attorney went on to say that Jack would probably have ended it all, if given the opportunity. He said, “I think had he been able to go home, Jack would have not allowed himself to go back to the hospital. The circumstances were such that he was so weak he could not get out of the hospital, he was primarily sleeping most of the time.”
RIP Jack Kevorkian (5/26/1928 – 6/3/2011)