The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Dr. Jack Kevorkian died this morning as the result of a blood clot, while hospitalized with kidney and heart problems. He was 83 years old.
Joe Swickard at the publication writes:
His attorney, Mayer Morganroth, said it appears Kevorkian suffered a pulmonary thrombosis when a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart. With Kevorkian was his niece Ava Janus and Morganroth.
“It was peaceful, he didn’t feel a thing,” Morganroth said."
Kevorkian was known to some as "Dr. Death," a nickname he obtained as someone who assisted the suicides of terminally ill patients, which landed him 8 years in prison. He had no regrets, as he indicated in a CNN interview last year (he also talks about Michael Jackson's death):
He was also recently portrayed by Al Pacino in the award winning film You Don't Know Jack.
Of course it didn't take long for "Jack Kevorkian" to become a trending topic on Twitter, and there is plenty of social commentary about his demise as you might expect.
Jack Kevorkian died today... without assistance. Ironic? RIP Jack
Dr. Death Jack Kevorkian has died, apparently with little help.
Was a good dude. RT @mercversus A lawyer and friend of Jack Kevorkian says the assisted suicide advocate has died at the age of 83.
R.I.P. Dr. Jack Kevorkian You were brave enough to bring the rights of those already dying that want to go home sooner to our attention.
#Kevorkian, who is now finally able to see how his past patients are doing.Congrats to Dr. Jack
More about Kevorkian's death here.