Jack Kevorkian

Physician

1928 – 2011

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Who was Jack Kevorkian?

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian, was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He was often known by the nickname "Dr. Death", and famously said, "dying is not a crime".

In 1999, Kevorkian was arrested and tried for his direct role in a case of voluntary euthanasia. He was convicted of second-degree murder and served eight years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence. He was released on parole on June 1, 2007, on condition he would not offer suicide advice to any other person.

As an oil painter and a jazz musician, Kevorkian marketed limited quantities of his visual and musical artwork to the public.

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Born
May 26, 1928
Pontiac
Also known as
  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian
  • Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian
  • Jacob Kevorkian
  • Dr. Death
  • Murad Kevorkian
  • Doctor Death
  • Jack The Dripper
  • Dr. Kevorkian
Parents
Siblings
Ethnicity
  • Armenian American
  • Caucasian race
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Michigan
  • Pontiac Central High School
Lived in
  • Pontiac
Died
Jun 3, 2011
Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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