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Dr. Jack Kevorkian Assisted Suicide Advocate Dead at 83

Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian dies
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According to the Detroit Free Press, Dr. Jack Kevorkian known for his belief in euthanasia died early this morning at Beuamont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI from heart and kidney complications. Kevorkian had been hospitalized twice in May due to kidney problems and a fall. Find out more after the jump.

Dr. Kevorkian convicted in 1999 for second-degree murder and served eight years in prison after multiple attempts to rein in his assisted suicide support. The case that landed him the prison term was the assisted death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Waterford, MI. Dr. Kevorkian video taped the process of him “assisting” Youk and had it broadcast on ’60 Minutes.’

Kevorkian’s attorney, Mayer Morganroth, told the Detroit Free Press:

“Kevorkian suffered a pulmonary thrombosis when a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart … it was peaceful, he didn’t feel a thing,t was peaceful, he didn’t feel a thing.

There were no artificial attempts to keep Kevorkian alive, and no plans for a memorial service, says Mayer.

Dr. Kevorkian, know to many as “Dr. Death” went peacefully, after “helping” as many as 130 suicides. He was supported by some and despised by many.

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