Jack Kevorkian, a retired pathologist who said he oversaw the deaths of 130 gravely ill people, died at age 83 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., without seeking the kind of “planned death” he once offered to others.
Late News: Jack Kevorkian, known as “Dr. Death,” dies at age 83
Kevorkian, who insisted suicide with the help of a medical professional was a civil right, built his suicide machine with parts gathered from flea markets and stashed it in a rusty Volkswagen van, and his audacious attitude set him apart in the debate over doctor-assisted suicide. Kevorkian burned state orders against him, showed up at court in costume and dared authorities to stop him or make his actions legal. He didn't give up until he was sent to prison. His gaunt, hollow-cheeked appearance gave him a ghoulish, almost cadaverous look and helped earn him the nickname “Dr. Death.” But Kevorkian likened himself to Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi and called physicians who didn't support him “hypocritic oafs.”
“I assumed that someday he'd commit suicide and tape it and air it for the world to see,” said David Gorcyca, who oversaw prosecutions in the Detroit suburbs of Oakland County.
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