Kevorkian said he helped dispatch his first "patient," Janet Adkins, 54, in 1990 because she "had a wonderful life, a good life, but the quality of her life was slipping away due to an incurable disease and she didn't want to suffer." Yes, she had early Alzheimer's, but she was well enough to play tennis days before her demise.
Meanwhile, Kevorkian, 81, has been in such poor health -- read: high blood pressure, arthritis, hernias, hepatitis C, heart disease, Addison's disease and lung disease -- that when he was paroled in 2007, his lawyer didn't think the death doc would live "more than a year." And yet he endures. No doubt because life -- at least for Kevorkian -- is precious.