Profession: Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Why Famous: Better known as 'Dr. Death,' Kevorkian was an American pathologist and public advocate for euthanasia. He claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients, of which he said: "My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It's got to be decriminalized."
He was arrested in 1998 for his involvement in the voluntary euthanasia of a man with Lou Gehrig's disease; for this he was convicted of second-degree murder. Kevorkian was released on parole in 2007 on the condition that he would refrain from involvement or advocacy for euthanasia.
- 1990-06-04 Dr Jack Kevorkian assists an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die
- 1991-02-05 A Michigan court bars Dr Jack Kevorkian from assisting in suicides
- 1991-10-23 Dr Jack Kevorkian's suicide machine assists 2 women to commit suicide
- 1999-03-26 A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man
- 2007-06-01 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for the 1998 second-degree murder of Thomas Youk