Always controversial, Kevorkian dead at 83
June 3rd, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Always controversial, Kevorkian dead at 83

Dr. Jack Kevorkian assisted in the suicides of 130 people, by his own count, he told CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta last year.

Friday, the controversial physician died at age 83, a spokesman with Beaumont Hospital told CNN.

Kevorkian had been hospitalized for kidney trouble and pneumonia in May.

Promoting the idea that people have a "right to die," he received murder charges multiple times in the 1990s for assisting in the deaths of terminally ill patients.

The 2010 HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," in which Al Pacino portrayed the infamous physician, examined Kevorkian's life and work.

He has appeared on CNN several times. Check out the interviews below:

And check out this opinion piece by Sheena Iyengar about assisted suicide and free choice.

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  1. eliza

    I applaud Dr. Kevorkian for standing up for what he believed in, courageously, whether or not anyone agreed with his position. He was brave and I think people ought to stop being so evangelical and preacher-like when people out there are suffering! If an old man with AIDS is dying anyway, but wants to do it in a painless, civilized way, let him damn it!

    June 3, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Countryboy

    To god be the glory! http://WWW.CDBABY.COM/ALL/NUMONE bye now!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RunningBare

    Give Cap'n Jack two points: One for giving people an option; Two for sticking to his guns despite the persecution.


    A man had just been laid off from work. He was standing on the railing of a high bridge getting ready to jump off,
    when he happened to look down and see a little man with no arms dancing all around on the river bank below.

    He thought, "Life isn't so bad after all," and got off the railing.

    He then walked down to the river bank to thank the little man for saving his life.

    "Thank you," he said. "I was going to jump off that bridge and kill myself, but when I saw you dancing even though
    you have no arms, I changed my mind."

    "Dancing? I'm not dancing!" the armless man replied bitterly.

    "My bunghole itches, and I can't scratch it!"

    June 4, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply

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