Jack Kevorkian

Jack Kevorkian ( 1928 in Pontiac , Michigan , United States –in Detroit , Michigan), also known under the name of ” Dr. Death ” , ” Dr. Suicide ” or “Doctor Death” 1 , is a doctor American known for his practice of assisted suicide in cases Serious medical problems.


Kevorkian was born in Pontiac in Michigan . Of Armenian ancestry , he earned a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor (a faculty of the University of Michigan ) in 1952. He was also interested in music and painting. He composed jazz songs , listened to Bach’s fugues and painted dark canvases. It was in the 1980s that it began to be known for his positions on euthanasia and assisted suicide 2 .

It proceeds in the following manner: the patient must suffer from an incurable disease causing unbearable pain. He makes an appointment with Kevorkian and a statement is videotaped to serve as evidence in case of charges against the doctor. For euthanasia, the patient triggers the release of a deadly gas, which should protect Kevorkian against homicide charges.

In 1990, he publicly helped a patient with Alzheimer’s disease to commit suicide. The State of Michigan then initiated proceedings that were dropped shortly thereafter for lack of appropriate penal qualifications. However, his license was withdrawn in the following year and he was no longer allowed to practice medicine.

In 1998, 60 Minutes broadcast a video showing him practicing voluntary euthanasia on Thomas Youk. A new procedure for first-degree murder is launched, resulting in a 10-to-25-year prison sentence following a highly publicized trial. Jack Kevorkian was not able to provide evidence in his testimony or to give evidence relevant witnesses 3 .

In 2007, Jack Kevorkian was released at 79 years of a Michigan jail after spending eight and a half years for second-degree murder. In 2008, he presented his candidacy to the United States Congress .

In 2010, the TV movie you do not know jack ( You Do not Know Jack ) presented his work with Al Pacino in the role of Dr. Kevorkian.

Jack Kevorkian dies the at the age of 83, at the Beaumont Hospital ( Michigan ).

Notes and references

  1. ↑ ( in ) ” Jack Kevorkian, crusader for right to assisted suicide, dies aged 83 at Michigan hospital ” , Washington Post , Detroit, Michigan ,
  2. ↑ ( in ) Howard Chua-EOAN , ” The Life and Deaths of Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011) ” , Time , ( Read online  [ archive ] )
  3. ↑ Williams, Mary Higgins (2000), Corporate solutions Criminal Defendant, Standby Counsel, and the Judge: A Proposal for Better-Defined Roles