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. GT66

    Dr. Death... what a fair and balanced thing to call a man compassionate enough to help so many suffering people make one last decision in control of their own destinies.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

      Well put,GT66. Thank you.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • good idea

      VERY well put. Why not Dr. Compassion? Dr. Humanitarian?

      June 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzz

    RuffNutt and George Patton go eat green poop. You will feel better.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      This creep Jazzzz who posted the above needs to have his messages blocked. Dishonoring a WW2 American General is going a bit too far as most people should agree here. Jerks like these keep coming out of the woodwork!!!

      June 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dale

    When we go behind the headlines and see what Dr. Kervorkian was really saying, we find he was a kind, compassionate man. Those are qualities needed in a good doctor to be sure. History will remember him more fondly than his contemporaries have.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    Dr. Death failed to practice what he preached, the hypocrite! He hung on for dear life even with loss of kidneys...where was the hemlock society when you needed them to put him down?

    June 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Because he did not choose to die. Some of his patients did. That's what all the controversy was about - making a choice and not having a government bureaucrat tell you otherwise regardless of how much pain you may be in.

      June 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Noooo thomas, he held others to a standard which he could not hold to himself!

      June 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hi

      @mmm: Life sucks enough as it is for some people and if they have some horrible disease that's not treatable then it's not the government's place to tell people they need to keep fighting an expensive and losing battle. Maybe Jack is a hypocrite, but he does pose some good questions about how much control our government should have over us. If you believe in heaven then ditching your terminally ill flesh is really no big deal. Maybe Jack felt guilty about something so he tried to prolong his judgement day.

      June 4, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      @hi you're mixing apples with the oranges here! First, is no such thing as the govt or insurance compelling expensive treatments. Second, a patient can refuse treatments or discontinue treatments. There are palliative options other than taking advantage of and murdering the sick and suffering who have been designated by some self-serving party: off with his head he has the "horrible" disease. It is as draconian as sitting the elderly out for the wolves to eat. Terry Schiavo is a classic case of declaring the living, breathing, eye-blinking dead and the withholding basic life sustanence, food and
      water, as treatments. How dumb can you be? It is was it is: murder. There's no compassion in that.

      June 5, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kevorkian TV Kommercial

    "I've fallen down and I can't slit my wrists by myself."

    June 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. daithi mac curtáin

    He got the same thrill out of this as a serial killer gets out of killing .

    June 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      You should learn something about the man before passing judgement on him. He never talked anyone into ending their lives. In fact, he convinced hundreds of his patients to NOT terminate their own lives. But for those who were in constant agony with no hope whatsoever of remission or relief, he helped them to do what they could not do on their own, which was to end their suffering with a degree of dignity and on their own terms.

      June 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |

    He was a killer.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      I wish to have this kind of killers in our society. But not hypocrites who give others miserable life.

      June 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Who are you to judge Jack Kavorkian,ALAJMI,you stupid creep? Why don't you go back to your own country anyway? We already have far too many right-wing nutjobs in this country as it is!!! What's wrong with you???

      June 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    To me Dr. Jack Kevorkian was a hero. We keep dying people alive with drugs and machines; but we prolong their suffering. He recognized a simple fact, when it is time to go that is okay to leave this world. The people he helped die wanted to die, it was the living who fought him.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pachecosita

    He was a humanitarian person. Compassionate for those that are suffering in many levels. Rest in peace Doctor

    June 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Guest

    Dr. Kevorkian was helping people to choose what was best for them. It is not the governments place to tell people how they should live their lives.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ubul

    Rest in peace. You never got the recognition you would have deserved. Thank you!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      he was a great of a hero as hitler.

      June 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      both were well known of their disregard of the dignity of life and their celebrated culture of death.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    My mom ( jokingly) told me to call Dr. Kevorkian if she ever was kept alive by machines. I told her I would 4he'd have to do the same favor for me. RIP Kevorkian & but who can my mom & I call now?? We're still( happily) alive, but ish happens!

    June 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar The Chorizo Choogler Of Chattanooga


    June 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |

      What's wrong with CNN anyway? We have a serious topic here and you let this jerk post such a frivolous,meaningless comment such as the above on this web page! It's comments like the above that need to be blocked here!!!

      June 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Isotta-Fraschini

    When my mother was told that she might have cancer, she told me, "I'm not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of dying in pain." She had watched my father die of cancer (sarcoma of the liver).
    I promised her that when the time came, I would take her to a country where euthanasia was legal.
    She didn't have cancer; she died differently.
    I know I did the right thing by promising her that.
    Dr. Kevorkian did the right thing many times, for many suffering humans.
    We need to grow up, stop using the Ten Commandments to think for us, and stop calling all killing murder.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzz

    Daniel take a hike and step on poop

    June 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
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