Dr. Jack Kevorkian, also known as “Dr. Death”, died today while being cared for in a Detroit area hospital.
Dr. Kevorkian was responsible for bringing the extremely controversial euthanasia debate to the forefront of American culture. A Washington Post article reports that throughout his life’s work he assisted more than 130 patients in taking their own lives, was arrested many times, and ended up serving 8 years in prison after he released a video in which he was clearly seen administering a fatal dose of drugs to a patient too sick to do it himself.
Though many disagree with the legalization of euthanasia, Dr. Kevorkian deeply felt that what he was doing was only helping people. During a 2010 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Dr. Kevorkian said, “I didn’t do it to end a life. I did it to end the suffering the patient’s going through. The patient’s obviously suffering – what’s a doctor supposed to do, turn his back?”
Dr. Kevorkian was 83 years old and his death was reportedly caused by kidney related problems.
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