Jack Kevorkian

American pathologist, euthanasia activist
Kevorkian in January 2011

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian[1] (May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011),[2] mostly known as "Dr. Death", 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 helped at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said, "dying is not a crime".[3] He was convicted of murder in 1999 and sent to prison. He was released in 2007.

Kevorkian was born on May 26, 1928 in Pontiac, Michigan. He was of Armenian descent. Kevorkian studied at University of Michigan Medical School. He never married and had no children. Kevorkian died on June 3, 2011 in Royal Oak, Michigan from thrombosis, aged 83.[2] He was buried in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.[4]


  1. "how to pronounce Kevorkian". inogolo. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schneider, Keith (June 3, 2011). "Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83; A Doctor Who Helped End Lives". The New York Times.
  3. Wells, Samuel; Quash, Ben (2010). Introducing Christian Ethics. John Wiley and Sons. p. 329. ISBN 978-1-4051-5276-1.
  4. "With video: Politicians, officials and residents remember Kevorkian". Detroit Free Press. Freep.com. June 3, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2012.

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