Saturday, June 4, 2011

Died Jack Kevorkian: Dr. Death

Jack Kevorkian, American physician known as 'Dr Death' for his staunch defense of euthanasia and have helped 130 people commit suicide, as acknowledged by himself, died today at 83 years of age. A spokesman for Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where the pathologist was admitted due to pneumonia and a kidney ailment, on Friday confirmed his death to the media.

Kevorkian became famous in the 90's when he was repeatedly accused of murder for helping some terminally ill patients end their lives. To meet the people who wanted to die developed an apparatus, which was called the 'suicide machine', which allowed a patient injected himself a lethal dose of potassium chloride.

After several trials, Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison in 1999 for second-degree murder of Thomas Youk, 52, a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal disease, who administered a lethal drug dose. The doctor recorded the images of that time were broadcast on television on "60 Minutes," CBS.

Kevorkian was released in June 2007 after serving eight years in prison. His life was brought to television by HBO in the film 'You Do not Know Jack', and Al Pacino, who played the doctor, received an Emmy for his role in the latest edition of the awards.

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