Jack Kevorkian Dead, Commentary Pours Into Twitter

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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 10 minutes ago via Twitter for Android · powered by @socialditto

Dr. Death Jack Kevorkian has died, apparently with little help. 10 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

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. 11 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Kevorkian reportedly "didn't feel a thing." This symbolizes something, but I have no idea what. http://wapo.st/lsBtqe 11 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® · powered by @socialditto

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. 12 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Congrats to Dr. Jack #Kevorkian, who is now finally able to see how his past patients are doing. 12 minutes ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

More about Kevorkian's death here.

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