Bil Browning

Dr. Death Meets the Reaper

Filed By Bil Browning | June 03, 2011 9:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: assisted suicide, Jack Kevorkian

200px-KevorkianUCLARoyce.jpgDr. Jack Kevorkian, dubbed "Dr. Death" for his role in bringing assisted suicide to national attention, has died at age 83. Kevorkian was charged with murder several times in the 90's for his role in assisting terminally ill patients end their lives. In 1999 he was finally convicted of second-degree murder; he was paroled in 2007.

The assisted-suicide advocate had been hospitalized in Michigan for pneumonia and a kidney-related ailment, his attorney has said.
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Morganroth told the Detroit Free Press it appears Kevorkian suffered a pulmonary thrombosis when a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart. With Kevorkian were his niece Ava Janus and Morganroth.

"It was peaceful," Morganroth told the paper. "He didn't feel a thing."


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So Dr. Kevorkian died naturally? That's... ironic.

With the passing of noble, underdog, rebel Dr. Jack Kevorkian today, I’ll use the occasion to opine my belief in the right to end one’s life and the right of families to legally assist. May more states enact right to suicide laws. May he rest in peace. May all terminally ill people have the freedom to peacefully decide their fate.

With the passing of noble, underdog, rebel Dr. Jack Kevorkian today, I’ll use the occasion to opine my belief in the right to end one’s life and the right of families to legally assist. May more states enact right to suicide laws. May he rest in peace. May all terminally ill people have the freedom to peacefully decide their fate.

Eric Payne | June 3, 2011 10:37 AM

We humanely end the lives of suffering house pets.

We force suffering humans to endure every last ounce of pain that can be thrust upon them. We insist they spend every penny the can scrape together to prolong the suffering until the very last possible moment.

Dr. Kevorkian wasn't the fist person to point out the idiocy of that fallacy. He won't be the last. But he was certainly one of the loudest.

RIP.

Today, if I wish to end my life for rational, medical reasons, I have the option, at least, to move to Oregon, Washington (state), or Montana and follow the prevailing laws to get lethal doses prescribed by a physician who chooses to cooperate. Or I can fly to Switzerland or the Netherlands, where assisted suicide is technically illegal but not prosecuted if done responsibly.

Dr. Kevorkian overstated his case at times -- but for the most part, he advanced the euthanasia movement in the US, and is to be favorably remembered for that. For the good he managed to accomplish, I thank him profusely. I am glad he was granted a peaceful death, whether natural or self-delivered. And may we all.

A genuine American hero. Glad his own suffering ended.