The running joke on Twitter and Facebook this morning is “Dr. Jack Kevorkian is dead…without assistance.” When you have the reputation of “Dr. Death,” this is what you get. Kevorkian died early this morning at age 83.
(Courtesy of MSNBC)
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the audacious Michigan pathologist dubbed “Dr. Death” for his role in assisting the suicides of more than 100 terminally ill people, died early Friday at a Detroit-area hospital after a brief illness.
Kevorkian, 83, died about 2:30 a.m. at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, close friend and prominent attorney Mayer Morganroth said.
Morganroth said it appears Kevorkian — who had been hospitalized since last month with pneumonia and kidney problems — suffered a pulmonary thrombosis when a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“It was peaceful. He didn’t feel a thing,” Morganroth told the newspaper. According to the Associated Press, he said nurses played classical music by Kevorkian’s favorite composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, before he died.
Morganroth says Kevorkian was conscious Thursday night and the two spoke about leaving the hospital and getting ready for rehabilitation.
Morganroth told the Free Press that the hospital staff, doctors and nurses said Kevorkian’s passing was “a tremendous loss and I agree with them. He did so much.”
Morganroth told the paper that he doubts anyone will assume Kevorkian’s role in assisted suicide: “Who else would take those kind of risks?”
Kevorkian was freed in June 2007 after serving eight years of a 10- to 25-year sentence for second-degree murder. His lawyers had said he suffered from hepatitis C, diabetes and other problems, and he had promised in affidavits that he would not assist in a suicide if he was released.