Dr. Death dead
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Author:  Pablo [ June 3rd, 2011, 9:53 am ]
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/ ... JP20110603

(Reuters) - Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, known as "Dr. Death" for helping more than 100 people end their lives, died early on Friday at age 83, his lawyer said.

Kevorkian died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks with kidney and heart problems, said Mayer Morganroth, Kevorkian's attorney and friend.

Kevorkian, a pathologist, was focused on death and dying long before he became a defiant advocate, crossing Michigan in the rusty Volkswagen van that carried his machine to help sick people end their lives.

He launched his assisted-suicide campaign in 1990, allowing an Alzheimer's patient to kill herself using a machine he had devised. He beat Michigan prosecutors four times before his conviction for second-degree murder in 1999.

Kevorkian was imprisoned for eight years for second-degree murder and was paroled in 2007. As a condition of his parole, he vowed not to assist in any suicides.

He was convicted after a CBS News program aired showing a video of Kevorkian administering lethal drugs to a 52-year-old man suffering from debilitating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Armenian born Kevorkian did not leave the public eye after his exit from prison in 2007, giving occasional lectures and in 2008 running for Congress unsuccessfully.

An HBO documentary on his life "Kevorkian" and a movie "You Don't Know Jack" starring Al Pacino brought him back into the news last year.

In a June 2010 interview with Reuters Television, the right-to-die activist said he was afraid of death as much as anyone else and said the world had a hypocritical attitude toward voluntary euthanasia, or assisted suicide.

"Now we've avoided death because we don't like death. Religion says that's a big enemy, leave it alone. But we went beyond birth, into conception. Now we're dabbling in that," he said.

"If we can aid people into coming into the world, why can't we aid them in exiting the world?"

Author:  steensn [ June 3rd, 2011, 10:30 am ]
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Wonder if he practieced what he preached...

Author:  m2karateman [ June 3rd, 2011, 2:33 pm ]
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As far as I'm concerned, the guy did nothing wrong. If someone wants to end their life, that's their choice. My understanding is that suicide is not a crime, but attempting suicide is. I love how people can say "it's a womans body, so her CHOICE to have an abortion is legal." The woman doesn't do that by her lonesome, does she? But a person who chooses to end their life, and needs assistance in the doing, the person assisting is wrong and is a criminal.

I watched both my parents in their final stages on this Earth, and I had to tell the doctors to remove my mother from life support. What if she had no living family? She's forced to "live" on those machines? What if she could communicate, and she wanted to die rather than live that way (which is exactly what her choice was, because she told me so)? If she hadn't made out a living will, and she didn't have a family member of friend willing to take charge and bring her wish to reality, then what?

If people with debilitating diseases want to die rather than suffer through the pain and indignity of the ravages and effects of said disease, then that should be legally their choice and the person assisting them should be immune from prosecution. He never helped anyone that didn't make abundantly clear their desire to die.

Author:  njroar [ June 3rd, 2011, 2:35 pm ]
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The funniest line of the day :

Jack Kevorkian dead at 83. Final stats: 0 points, 0 rebounds, and 130 assists.

Author:  steensn [ June 3rd, 2011, 2:42 pm ]
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njroar wrote:
The funniest line of the day :

Jack Kevorkian dead at 83. Final stats: 0 points, 0 rebounds, and 130 assists.

Oh snap!

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