Gotta Watch: The mind of 'Dr. Death'
June 3rd, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Gotta Watch: The mind of 'Dr. Death'

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, also known as "Dr. Death," passed away today at age 83. He most notably made headlines over his controversial stance on physician-assisted suicide.  Here are some of our most memorable moments involving Kevorkian...

'I helped more than 130 people die' - In April 2010, Dr. Jack Kevorkian tells CNN's Anderson Cooper about having to perform his first assisted suicide in a van.

'Life is not a gift' - Back in June 2010, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked to Dr. Kevorkian about his pessimistic attitude toward life and not wanting to have been born.

'It's a medical service' - In 1999, Kevorkian delivered his own closing arguments in his second-degree murder trial in the case of Thomas Youk, who had Lou Gehrig's Disease. Kevorkian filmed Youk's assisted suicide in 1998.

Playing 'Dr. Death' - During the red carpet premiere for "You Don't Know Jack" in April 2010, actor Al Pacino talks about playing Kevorkian on screen and how he's "misunderstood."

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  1. James

    The Doctor of Death was no saint, but one thing he did accomplish – he made Americans thing deeply regarding end of life decisions.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rich

    Dr. Kevorkian was one of the bravest men of the last century. He will be remembered as one of the greatest men of our time.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zzzzz

    Feel sad about the people who are terminally ill. The pain is so much that the patients prefer to die. Simply sad.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paradoX187

    Wow. Some of the best stuff I've seen on CNN. Kevorkian had stones to go against the values of this society and do what he did. Stating that life is not a gift, that we are essentially condemned to live, is a position few have the opportunity to espouse on national TV–glad it was done by someone as intelligent as Kevorkian. RIP.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sardukar

    CNN stop calling him Dr. Death..why not call him Professor Kevorkian..he did more good than any priest...

    June 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ib42

      The media, including CNN, is nothing more than cheap tabloid sensationalism The cheaper and more puerile it's choice of labels, headlines and just plain simple words, the more excited it, and it's readers become.
      Dr. K was the more self assured and masterful person in this interview. Gupta, although a smart, personable young man, goes for the glamor questions and toes the politically correct and more profitable line. His statement, "'Life is a gift" was immediately shown up for the sweet, religious meaning Gupta tried to give it. In that respect, Dr. K has my complete respect, for his instant, spot on replies. No hesitation, no doubts in his mind.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sardukar

    We cheer when we killed Osama Bin Laden and made the Marines who killed him a heroes...and we put in prison the man who gave the dying patients a chance to die with dignity..talking about morale..

    June 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. anthonys case posts

    Let me do it so you won't have to. Casey anthony is nuts in the head(bonkers if you will)don't know why everyone can't see that she's guilty. And why isn't the prosecution charging the rest of her family, they're all in on it.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt Sky

    Whether or not his strategies were fully correct, I think we all have a right to die if please to. It is not the job or business of someone else to try preventing a patient in severe pain and suffering from wanting to get out of the confines of their body. Easy to be against it when you're not in truly vicious pain, I'm sure some of his patients would have been against the idea until finally reaching that horrific of suffering themselves, so I would not be one to judge someone's desire to die when terminal, painful illness consumes your ability to feel beauty and the miracle of life like others walking around get to.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Atheose

    One of the bravest men in our lifetimes, it's a shame he was vilified in society. Euthanasia should be legal, at the very least in cases of terminal illnesses where death is slow and painful.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arion

    Having watched my mother suffer through a painful terminal illness that took her life at only 42 years of age, I believe everyone should have the option to choose whether or not they want to continue living. There comes a point where there are no longer any options available for treatment, and the suffering is just too much to endure. Kevorkian should be remembered for bravely tackling the issue of what one should be able to do with their bodies, and should not be villanized for giving those who truly need it an alternative to prolonged pain.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    I predict that there will not only come a time it is legal, but mandatory at a certain age or if you're infirm.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anthony's Case Posts

    EVERYTIME I SEE HER SMILE IN COURT, OR ON HER ARREST TAPES, IT HAS GUILTY WRITTEN ALL OVER IT…….TOO BAD IM FROM MINNESOTA, OR ID BE IN ON THE RUSH TO GET A SEAT IN THAT COURTROOM, MY DAUGHTER WAS THE SAME AGE AS HERS, SHE JUST TURNED 6………MAKES ME SO ANGRY THAT SHE CAN LIE, LIE & LIE, AND SHOW NO FEELING OR REMORSE (FOR WHAT SHE DID, EVEN IF SHE DID’T KILL HER, YOU’D THINK SHE’D BE BAWLING HER EYES OUT FROM THE MEMORY OF IT ALL ) FOR HER PRECIOUS BABY GIRL…I KNOW THERES NO WAY I COULD SIT STONE FACED….DAY IN AND DAY OUT REGARDLESS OF HOW SHE DIED!!!!!!! I WOULDNT BE ABLE TO HOLD THE TEARS IN!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    Villanized isn't a word, try vilified instead.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arion

      Thanks for your input. Actually, my failure to include an "i" in the word villain aside, "villainized" is indeed a word. Albeit vilify is also a suitable alternative.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anthony's case posts

    I already posted for you, you didn't have to waste your time posting something else. You should've spent that time watching your reality tv c rap.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Storm

    I heard him speak at the University of Florida while I was a student there a few years ago. He was legitimately insane. We wanted to hear him talk about his view on euthanasia, he just wanted to talk about over throwing the government.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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