3 June 2011 10:17 ET
Jack Kevorkian, the man known as “Dr
Death”, for helping the terminally ill end their lives, has died in the US aged
of 83, his lawyer has said.
Mayer Morganroth told the Associated Press news agency Kevorkian died on
Friday at Michigan’s Beaumont Hospital.
Kevorkian died after a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his
heart, the Detroit Free Press reported.
He was believed to have assisted in 130 suicides and was released from prison
in 2007, after serving eight years.
Kevorkian had been in hospital since last month with pneumonia and kidney
problems, said Mr Morganroth, who was also a friend of Kevorkian’s.
He added that hospital staff played recordings of classical music for
Kevorkian before he died.
Kevorkian was originally given a 10-25 year sentence for a second-degree
murder conviction in the death of terminally ill Thomas Youk.
But the former pathologist later won an appeal based on his own failing
health and served only eight years.
His lawyers had said he suffered from hepatitis C and diabetes.
He had promised in affidavits that he would not assist in a suicide if he was
Kevorkian told the BBC in 2007 he had no regrets for conducting assisted
“I knew what I was doing… I accepted the consequences because I had to do
the right thing,” he said.
The doctor ran for US Congress as an independent in 2008, receiving just 2.7%
of the vote in a suburban Detroit district.
A film about Kevorkian’s life, called You Don’t Know Jack, was shown for the
HBO television network in 2010.
The actor Al Pacino won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of
Kevorkian had claimed to have assisted in some 130 suicides, mostly in the
Detroit area between 1990-98.
Born in 1928, Kevorkian went to medical school, then worked as a pathologist
– before retiring to pursue his controversial mission.
Kevorkian first gained international attention in 1990, helping a 54-year-old
Alzheimers patient to die.
Many assisted suicides were conducted using his so-called mercy machine,
which delivered lethal amounts of drugs intravenously.
Kevorkian’s methods alienated many. In 1998 he offered on a “first come,
first served” basis the kidneys of a man he had helped to die.
Jack Kevorkian was born on May 26th, 1928 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian
May 26th, 1928
5 + 26 +1+9+2+8 = 51 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Killer. Taking another’s life.
May 26th, 1928
5 + 26 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = his personal year (from May 26th, 2011 to May 25th, 2012) = On death’s door.
35 year + 5 (May) = 40 = his personal month (from May 26th, 2011 to June 25th, 2011) = Help me.
40 month + 3 (3rd of the month on Friday June 3rd, 2011) = 43 = his personal day = The party’s over.