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. jim

    I love what this man stood for, and agree completely with his stand on euthanasia. But what I dont understand is, why does anyone need help to end thier lives? Just go to the garage and start the car, then go to sleep.
    When my time comes, there is no one in the world who will stop me, or make me think I am evil for determining the time and method of my own death.

    June 5, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ParkerTC

      @Jim.... If you had followed Dr. Kevorkian's extremely public careet of "Assisted Suicide", you would realize that the people that choose to seek him out for assistance are mostly bed-ridden, terminally ill elderly people who are in extreme amounts of pain and most of the time cant even get out of bed. The lungs inflate, deflate. The Heart expands and contracts, send the blood around the body... but these people know the pain will not stop, and that they are going to die anyways. Who are we to MAKE them go through the pain? How can you "love what this man stands for", and "agree completely" when you have no idea what that even is? Take a look at CNN's articles about him, read up on it. You are on the right train, just got off a few stops too early is all...

      June 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BroadCasting

    Kevorkian is not the angel of mercy that Hollywood made him out to be. In Hollywood anyone who fights the "system" can be turned into a hero. Mind you, I realize that the "system" is far from perfect.

    Dr. Jack was an evil man who was obsessed with human experimentation and death. He longed for assisted suicides and suicides by proxy after his experiments and harvesting were done.

    He was not about "death with dignity" as many mistakenly believe. He was about death.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Observer1290

    Sick. Anyone who would even hint at agreeing with his guy is sick.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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