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.