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. Anthony's Case Posts

    This whole story is amazing to me. Its hard to believe this child died and the father (George) helped his daughter cover it up, being a former officer he should have known the mother would be the 1st and obvious suspect, so why not come out with the truth, like some1 said if it happened that way the coroner wld find water in the lungs, now the defense comes up with this she drowned story, no way to prove it 100% and u want a jury to just by that from som1 who just admited she lied all this time. I just hope none of this jury has any blood relation to any of the jurors on the OJ case, cause all those jurors were and still are 100% retarded. Burn in hell OJ. and the idiots who let you off

    June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ib42

    When the government decides it will take over the minds of citizens by banning independent, individual decisions, we are in trouble. Eventually, the 'war on drugs' is now declared a failure. Why? Didn't most experiments like this fail, i.e, Prohibition? No, it's not for the common good they do's to stay in control and reap filthy profits off the lives of ordinary citizens.
    Go catch criminals and leave my life alone!!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony's Case Posts

    Why couldn’t she have put the child up for adoption when she realized her parental duties were eating into her party time? That should have been evident relatively early in Caylees life! She could have been placed with a family while still an infant/toddler & been alive to enjoy a normal & secure life, right now! But being a sociopath means Casey has Ownership issues, so of course, she owned Caylee! That’s why she could kill her, she Owned her! Casey needs to burn in Hell!! Prison is too good for her!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    Dr. Kevorkian was a great man, Michigan SUCKS!!! Gupta is just the Geraldo Rivera of the medical world.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      Jim – Doctor Kevorkian was a murderer, plain and simple. Some of his patients didn't want to die, and he killed them anyway. That's why he was on trial. Too bad you weren't one of his patients. Unlike your state, we care for our citizens and their right to live in Michigan. Go to Oregon, sucker!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bindiboi

      Ryan in Michigan, you are a moron! Kevorkian never killed a single person. He didn't end the life of anyone that didn't want to end their suffering.

      June 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      He was on trial because he took medical practice without a license.
      So, he "illegally" killed people "legally".

      June 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maureen

    there's nothing wrong with what he did, most people take the law over human mercy, he takes choice and mercy above all else. In the ideal world, patient, if competent, should have the right to choose their death. sometimes, choosing life can be a more painful version of death.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ruby

    I didn't know that there lived another "Ghandhi" until today.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      Ghandi believed you would come back. Kevorkian didn't. There's quite a difference in opinion/religion at work here, Ruby.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ramia

    I truly believe that it is our own personal choice to live or to die. Its no joke to live day in and day out with unmanigable pain or to be stuck with nothing more than the capablility to smilie. This is not a new revolation. In Europe it is socially acceptable for assisted suicide. It is not like the Jack was saying yes to everyone. I agree with the guy below. If the government is taking control of our own choices its time to worry. This falls under womens abortion – the right for a woman to choose. Same?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      I agree – it is your own personal choice to live or die. However, Doctor Kevorkian had a number of patients, including the one in Michigan he went to jail for, who didn't want to die. They stated partway through the process or at the beginning, once they were seated, that they didn't want to go through with it, and he did it anyway. Also, under abortion, where does the baby's choice come in? What if the baby wanted to live? Who knows, we might have aborted babies who would've grown up to become doctors who may have found cures for the very diseases these people are suffering from. We might've aborted a chance at curing cancer, or AIDs, or many other diseases.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony's Case Posts

    @ALL – You must understand Baez knows his client is guilty; he is a death-penalty qualified attorney. His ONLY GOAL is to INTRODUCE DOUBT TO SAVE CASEY ANTHONY’S LIFE. Thus, the “drowning” theory: you have hit right on it! Her remains had no lungs. Hence the coroner can show no water in them. What does that give the jury? REASONABLE DOUBT, because little Caylee COULD have drowned; cannot prove she DIDN’T. And the murderer’s stony cold demeanor? Baez plants doubt about that by the molestation theory, and how she has been “schooled to hide her pain” (so, jury, do not expect her to show remorse, or feelings, or sound concerned on jail tapes or interrogation tapes – she is “hiding her pain”, not being the sociopath she is!). Baez’s goal is not to set her free, but spare the death penalty. He only needs ONE juror to buy into his daddy abuse / drowning which might have happened theory. And George Anthony’s calm demeanor plays into Baez’s hands – but only because it was trained into George as a cop to be calm and observant in crisis.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jim

    @Arion, Touche, sorry but I don't have the accent mark to put above my e for you. And thank you by the way.

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

    Good gawd how I's luv wachin them fat a ss itch's on realite tv. Remins mi of mi. Hmm luv eatin moonpi's and wachin that realite s hit good stuff. Mi favoritist judge I's that itch nancy gracy dam she's good tho. Don't min mi ya'll I'm from kintuky.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony's Case Posts

    I's wondr ifin that baez isint related to dat singer.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anthony's Case Posts

    Mayin have also abortid tha nex hilter too.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    What a tragedy. Leave it to Barack Obama not to exhonorate Jack Kavorkian the way he deserved to be. The law in Michigan is a truly unjust one and nobody should be prosecuted for violating it. This law only punishes the patient but the right-wing blowhards who made it just don't care and that's repulsive to say the least!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gap

    It's funny the medical community has no problem keeping people alive and draining thee bank accounts then letting them pass. Regardless of how many and there families suffer. They call it ethics. But to let someone go of their own will that is terminal and in pain is somehow wrong. Seems kind of disrespectful and silly. Bless him for his courage and helping those that ask.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Beautifully said,gap. It's the right-wing blowhards who made this law against assisted suicide in Michigan who need to be prosecuted and imprisoned. Tragically enough,that'll never happen!!!

      June 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      i agree

      June 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. EMERSE

    We live in a screwed up country! I think if you are going to die from an illness and there is nothing doctors can do, it is your choice to go in peace on your own or die a slow and painful death. The law does not have the right to tell a person they can't off themselves or smoke a doobie! Some laws I can understand but most I can't.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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