Assisted suicide advocate Kevorkian hospitalized

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Posted: May 19, 2011 3:24 PM

DETROIT (Reuters) - Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, known as "Dr. Death" for helping more than 100 people end their lives, was in a Detroit-area hospital on Thursday with pneumonia as well as a recurring kidney ailment, Detroit newspapers reported.

Kevorkian's attorney, Mayer Morganroth, said that the 82-year-old pathologist was admitted to a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan on Wednesday night, the Detroit Free-Press and the Detroit News reported.

Morganroth said that Kevorkian was in hospital several weeks ago for four days and that "he had a relapse" and that he was "getting better" on Thursday.

Kevorkian was imprisoned for eight years for second-degree murder, and was paroled in 2007.

As a condition of his parole, he vowed not to assist in any suicides.

He was convicted after a CBS news program aired showing a video of Kevorkian administering lethal drugs to a 52-year-old man suffering from debilitating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Eric Walsh)