DETROIT—Dr. Jack Kevorkian died this morning at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 83.
The Associated Press reported that Kevorkian had been hospitalized in May after experiencing pneumonia and kidney problems.
Kevorkian, the world renowned assisted-suicide advocate, was released from prison in 2007 after serving for 8 years. He had assisted in at least 130 suicides.
Kevorkian, born in Pontiac, Mich. to Armenian immigrant parents, was also a painter and composer.
“You Don’t Know Jack,” a film by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinso and based on the life and work of Jack Kevorkian, aired on HBO in April 2010.
Al Pacino won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award in February for “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series” for his role as Jack Kevorkian in the HBO movie “You Don’t Know Jack.”
The plot takes place in the 1990’s when Kevorkian, a former pathologist, began his highly controversial practice of assisting suicides and brought the topic of euthanasia to the forefront of American political debate.
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He was a great man. He should have never been put in prison for 8 years, that was a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!
Satenik, you know what’s the greater disgrace, that very few individuals (Armenians too) ever sent him money during those 8 years. In order to survive and have a decent meal in the state or federal prison systems, you are forced to purchase from the commissary, and in order to purchase decent snacks or food, money is required. Most Armenians shunned away from him.
But, the January event at UCLA was amazing, and it was amazing that towards the end of his life for once an Armenian organization was able to honor him while he was alive.
I don’t know about that, but if that is true ,it is indeed a great shame. I think though that Dr. Kevorkian himself held no grudge against the Armenians . Like any Great Man, being in prison did not embitter him, I can think of Nelson Mandela when it comes to this. I believe that he loved Armenians and Armenians should be indeed proud that Dr. Kevorkian was simply too advanced for his visions to be appreciated in the USA. The best the state could offer him was a pathetic prison sentence. He should be given a Nobel Prize, but I guess he was too honourable and nobel to receive it….well when I think that Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize……I think I should stop here.
You are my hero. You were, and still are a Great Armenian. Hokit Sirem, Hoghe Tetev togh ellah koo verat.
Rest in peace Jack….You are my hero and inspiration.
Compatriot Dr. Kevorkian in essence was a human rights activist, and a pioneer in theory and practice of euthanasia. His name will remain etched in every single progressive scientist’s mind.
May he rest in peace.
Dikran Abrahamian BA, MD
What he did was a heroic act. No one had ever dared or will dare in future to do what he had openly done.
Yerani ayspisi mardik shat linein Hayeri maj
endhanrapes khnditr cheink unenal
yes havatum em vor amen inch Hayeri hamar lav e linelu
A real Armenian, a real American
Does anyone have a full video of him speaking at this event? I’ve been searching and can’t find a thing. It would be really great to hear him address an Armenian crowd about his life’s work.
You are a Great Armenian,prison for 8 years, that was a disgrace!!!
Great man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8 տարի բանդում ,դա մեծ սխալ էր ու տանջաք……
Dr. Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011) -The pathologist
Advocated “Death with Dignity”
Jack… the Armenian Angle Gabriel Arrived Heaven,
To Treat and Sing with His Peers
The life is unbearable
When someone has ‘Intolerable Pain’…
Where no medicines
No drugs can help…
Hence…For what to live
If there is no cure
To have more pain
And sigh every second
For days…and days
Till the savior arrives…!
And end where and when…!
As the end is end
No one can escape
Jack was not a slayer but pathologist
He knew the end of every disease…
He was but a Painter, Composer, Instrumentalist
He was “right to die activist”
“Death with Dignity”
He was imprisoned…for eight springs…
By the judges…Never by God
Those…Who never understood his conscious mind…
Others wanted to open more hospices for care
To earn more and spread that wealth and enjoy…!
Let their cohorts work hard and pay…!
They named him ‘Doctor Death’
Did he kill a child?
How about tyrants…genociders
Who killed the unborn before the pregnant mother…
Was he terrorist ?
Or ex-IMF chief, Mr. DSK*
Or Mr. Madoff** …Who emptied the pockets of the rich and poor
Till his son Mark*** committed suicide at his behalf…!
Why we don’t call him ‘Father Death’…!
Can healthy and young ones understand?
What does it mean sick….demented…
They will never feel
Till they reach that chair
Wishing to end their life
As the end is end
No one could delay…!
Mr. Kavanaugh,****of right-to-die organization said,
“Dr. Kevorkian was a man who sought out humanity…”
I do add my say, “He is and was typical honest scientific Armenian…
Born to advocate the truth knowing well…That will hurt him eventfully
One day the truth will prevail… late…but not forever..!”
June 3, 2011
* Dominique Strauss-Kahn (b. 1949-????)
** Bernard Madoff (b.1938–????)
*** Mark Madoff (1964-2010)
****Frank Kavanaugh, a member of the board of directors of the Final Exit Network, a non-profit and right-to-die organization.
Well said Christo!
q mdios lo tenga en su santa gloria era un gran medico Q.E.P.D. DR KEVORKIAN .
A great loss. Dr. Freedom was a more appropriate name for him! R.I.P
A great human being, who assisted hopeless cases from infinite agony and deep pain, thru
their immediate family members’ consent- should have not been rewarded by 8 long years’
imprisonment! Murderers are set free and indefinite painkillers are thrown behind bars! Just
like Genocide executors are unpunished, and their victims are awaiting justice for 96 years!
It is a shame to put such a great man a great Doctor in 8 years jail.
He has served the Humanity…letting the terminally ill persons
where there is really no hope to cure, to pass away without (or may be a very little) pain. He should have
been Admired greatly…Jail no-way, not even for one day…
RIP DR KEVORKIAN
he was another intellectual armenian who broke ground, very proud
Whether you agree with his beliefs or not you have to admire his conviction. That conviction he steadfastly held all his life and even gave up eight years of his life. Most people are ready to abandon their convictions to save their skins.
Dr. Kevorkian’s legacy will be that he created debate and recognition on a taboo subject: handling death. The misconception about Dr. K was that he encouraged suicide as a form of treatment. Instead, he presented it as an option for individuals who had an incurable disease, who were in the final stage of their disease, and were in immense, indescribable pain.
His flaw was that he believed he could single-handedly change the perception of the medical community. It was only after televising a suicide administration, that he was prosecuted.
He was a great person far humane and civilized, the pionir scout of providence, a real hero.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a brave, honest humanitarian… whose persistence, an Armenian trait, shines.
You opened doors which others could not (but pursued quietly) openly, bravely, facing even jail. Hogeh tetev elah koo verat… (May ground above lay lightly upon you).
Satenik, You know who put Dr. Kevorkian in prison for 8 years, his adversaries.
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least. For a man of such vision to be sentenced to prison, reflects the crazy and corrupt system of the country that he lived in!
A giant amongst pygmies. Don’t fall under the yoke of America. Profound insight from a master. Keep your language, learn your language, keep your traditions, honor your history. Keep your armenian race. He was incarcerated unjustly, for his enlightenement. He is gone for ever, we are the poorer with his passing away; he’ll have his place in the pantheon in Erevan.; just like W. Saroyan
Asdvads hokit lousavore Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
I’m so very proud that the kind of pioneering ideological leaps that created our Western Civilization has been taken up by an Armenian guy.
What used to be the purview of Jewish ideologues and innovators exclusively has now been taken up by an Armenian Scientist, scholar and ideologue.
Of course I’m proud. May there be many others. It’s time for us to fill the gap and excel in this measure of pioneering thought.