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Jack Kevorkian, convicted in assisted suicides, dies at 83

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian poses with his "suicide machine" in Michigan, Feb. 6, 1991.

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, seated in a wheelchair, 65, of Royal Oak, Mich., rests his head on the defense table in Oakland County District court in Royal Oak, Michigan, Friday, Dec. 10, 1993. Kevorkian was in court for his preliminary hearing on charges he violated Michigan's ban on assisted suicide on Oct. 22, 1993, suicide death of Merian Fredrick of Ann Arbor, Mich. Kevorkian is in his 11th day of a hunger strike in jail.

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian meets the press in homemade stocks before his arraignment on assisted suicide charges at the Oakland County courthouse in Pontiac, Mich., Thursday, Sept. 14, 1995. Kevorkian, a retired pathologist who advocates doctors helping the terminally ill who wish to commit suicide, was wearing the laminated cardboard stocks in apparent reference to a state Supreme Court ruling that said assisted suicide could be prosecuted in Michigan under common law.

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Jack Kevorkian waits to announce he is running in the November election as an independent for a seat in the U.S. Congress in Southfield, Michigan in this March 24, 2008 file photo. Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world's medical ethics stage, died in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011, said his lawyer Mayer Morganroth. Kevorkian, 83, died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks with kidney and heart problems.

 

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