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Jack Kevorkian

Born: 1928-05-26 - Died: 2011-06-03
Cause of Death:
Blood clot


Death Summary: Jack Kevorkian died at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, a Detroit-area hospital.

His lawyer told the Detroit Free Press that a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart. "It was peaceful. He didn't feel a thing," his lawyer said.

Who was Jack Kevorkian : Kevorkian was a pathologist, right-to-die activist, and convicted murderer. He is best known for championing a terminal patients right to die by doctor-assisted suicide.

On November 22, 1998, Kevorkian allowed the airing of a videotape, on 60 minutes, which depicted the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk, 52, who was in the final stages of ALS. After Youk gave his consent, Kevorkian administered Youk a lethal injection. This was the first time that Kevorkian had done this, normally his patients would complete the process themselves. After Youk's death, Kevorkian dared authorities to try and convict him of carrying out his mercy killings.

Less than a year later Kevorkian was charged with second-degree murder and the delivery of a controlled substance, as his medical license had been revoked and he was not legally allowed to possess the substance. Eventually Kevorkian was found guilty of second-degree homicide. The judge sentenced Kevorkian to serve 10 - 25 years in prison and told him: "You were on bond to another judge when you committed this offense, you were not licensed to practice medicine when you committed this offense and you hadn't been licensed for eight years. And you had the audacity to go on national television, show the world what you did and dare the legal system to stop you. Well, sir, consider yourself stopped."

Near the end of his life, he claimed to have assisted in the suicides of at least 130 terminally ill patients.
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12 Signatures in Jack Kevorkian's guestbook

  1. Sherre Polumsky Says:

    Dr. K was a gift from God and should have been left to do the work he was destined to do. I felt that he was so in-justly treated for performing the job that EVERY doctor should be doing. Why should a human have any less rights than an animal who is on its’ last days. I pray that I can find a doctor who will help me if and when I find myself in the position of those that he helped make the transition while they still had some dignity left. The so-called ‘Moral Majority’ need to back off and let everyone live their own lives and make their own choices, whether they agree or not. It’s my body and my decision!!!! Jack, rest in peace, your work was not in vain.!

  2. Brian S. Byrne Says:

    Some people called him “Dr. Death”….but he was the sweet kiss of compassion to all he helped. R.I.P Jack, your should have been commended instead of condemned.

  3. Asia Says:

    he was a good man

  4. Lydia Valentine Says:

    I was sure hoping that YOU would always be there if I ever needed you. who’s your replacement? :)

  5. Mitch Says:

    For a “replacement” check out Exit International. Same ideas as Kevorkian

  6. Joe Says:

    Sherre Polumsky, Brian S. Byrne, you are both retards. Sherre you in particular are the worst kind of retard. God would never approve of suicide. Or Murder.

  7. Dr. Slade Says:

    God would never approve of murder!! Have you read the bible he killed thousands of babies and women. Jack and I worked together at ST Marys hospital for three years together and he was a good guy. He kept the beds open by helping people pass away. Sometimes the people may nit have been that I’ll but Jack was commuted. I remember one day a man was admitted for a broken leg and Jack injected him. Oopps he said with a grin, that leg won’t bother him anymore. Rest easy Jack.

  8. Kyle Rogers Says:

    I would rather die of a painless injection, rather than die of a painful infection.

  9. Kyle Rogers Says:

    Not exactly referring to Jack personally, but just referring to the doctors in general. Whether it be a pill, a needle, or a bullet. I think he deserved a peaceful deadth, not painful death.

  10. Swaynus Says:

    He saved the country millions on ssi payments.

  11. mercma Says:

    He lived about a mile from us. We could see the light on in his apartment when we drove by. After seeing the movie, and following his career, he was nothing but hope and peace for many. Too bad we live in a world where political agendas and court fees overrule, and someone isn’t allowed to be put out of their misery via free will. Thousands do the same thing to their beloved pets daily…Godspeed. A true pioneer.

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