Jack Kevorkian, famous assisted suicide advocate, dies at 83

jack-kevorkian-getty.jpg Dr. Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian died early Friday morning (June 3) in a Detroit area hospital following a short battle with illness, reports the AP. He was hospitalized starting in May for pneumonia and kidney problems. He was 83 years old. The nurses reportedly played classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kevorkian's favorite composer, as he passed.

Kevorkian is most famous for his role as an advocate of assisted suicide for terminally ill people. He was released from prison in 2007 after serving an eight-year sentence for second-degree murder. He claims to have assisted in over 130 suicides. After his release, he said to the Gainesville Sun, "My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It's got to be decriminalized."

Kevorkian is pictured above at the 2010 Emmy ceremony. His life story was the subject of an HBO movie called "You Don't Know Jack," earning Kevorkian portrayer Al Pacino both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award.

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