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Jack Kevorkian Dies

6/3/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who became known as Dr. Death for his work performing assisted suicides for terminally ill patients, died early Friday morning. He was 83.

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According to his lawyer, Kevorkian passed away at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, where he had been hospitalized for the past two weeks because of kidney and heart problems.

Kevorkian was believed to have assisted in 130 suicides and was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999. He was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison, but was released in 2007.

Al Pacino portrayed Kevorkian in an HBO movie last year, "You Don't Know Jack." Pacino won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role.

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Gatanegra    

Ms. Maribel,

Why is it ironic? Everybody dies eventually.

1184 days ago
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Ronald Jensen    

Rest in peace Jack. You tried your best, the fact that you failed makes you more of a hero. To those folks who say he took lives what a load a crap. Jack never helped until he was asked to. In my opinion the poem "Invictus" describes the character of the man.

1184 days ago
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misty    

Jack understood that we treat our dying animals with more dignity than we do humans. RIP Sir.

1184 days ago
19.

Scientific    

This poor guy, did jail time for helping people out. Helping put people out of their misery. Vets do it to animals all the time. RIP Jack!

1184 days ago
20.

Will    

lol....ironic how he 'assisted' other people in their deaths, but had no one assist him in his.

1184 days ago
21.

Michelle    

Wither you agreed with him or not he was definately passionate about his beliefs and I would like to think that he was trying to do what was his highest sense of right. May he rest in peace.

1184 days ago
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Allie M.    

I understand death on any level is hard to accept; whether to the family or the one suffering. However, no man has the right to play God, evn with their own life. When God calls your number, then it's time to go. Til that moment, whatever your job on earth is, it is not completed. Even in death can eyes be opened to the reality death is a phase all humans go through - Mr. K's denial of God's authority is now between he and God. Wonder how that conversation is going...

1184 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

MightyMad 19 minutes ago
cindy 11 minutes ago

what is wrong with you people! He still took people's lives,regardless! Only God has a right to do that!

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hmm please do explain then..if only god has a right to take a life so in turn only god has the right to save a life..so what does that makes all these doctors..

1184 days ago
24.

Robert    

"I understand death on any level is hard to accept; whether to the family or the one suffering. However, no man has the right to play God, evn with their own life. When God calls your number, then it's time to go. Til that moment, whatever your job on earth is, it is not completed. Even in death can eyes be opened to the reality death is a phase all humans go through - Mr. K's denial of God's authority is now between he and God. Wonder how that conversation is going..."

I can understand that your belief in God helps you make sense of everything around you and put things in "order". Who is to say that God didn't put Jack on this planet to help people.

1184 days ago
25.

Grandma Cracker    

RIP in Jack, you changed this country's thoughts on a person's last life decision.

1184 days ago
26.

MariJoy    

I'm from the Detroit area, and most of us around here have tremendous respect for this guy.
My mother-in-law (92) had aspiration pneumonia (no cure & bad way to go) - she was kindly given palliative care & led out on the Good Ship Morphine. On the other hand, my own mother has lingered for five years following a massive stroke, wheelchair bound, can't communicate, with ongoing MRSA infections that take her down ever soooo slowly.
Jack was a great & courageous man who did the right thing in the face of tremendous opposition.

1184 days ago
27.

Cooper    

@misty - I couldn't agree more.

1184 days ago
28.

Al Brown    

For the sake of accuracy, he got the moniker "Dr. Death" while in medical school - long before he became a proponent of assisted suicide.

1184 days ago
29.

Sherms    

Work with the ill. Work with the dying. Watch your loved ones suffer uncontrollably until the end. You'll understand.

1184 days ago
30.

blondie    

DirtySouth 3 hours ago
Wonder how that meeting between God and him is going?

I don't think God is the one that was waiting for him.

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