Assisted suicide advocate Kevorkian "getting better"

Reuters News
Posted: May 20, 2011 12:48 PM
Assisted suicide advocate Kevorkian "getting better"

DETROIT (Reuters) - Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who helped more than 130 people end their lives before spending eight years in prison, was "getting better" and was "not in grave danger" at a Detroit-area hospital on Friday, his attorney said.

Mayer Morganroth said Kevorkian, who turns 83 next Thursday, is likely to spend his birthday in the hospital. Morganroth said_said onon Friday the former pathologist will likely stay in hospital for at least a week to 10 days as he recovers from pneumonia and a recurring kidney ailment, Morganroth said.

Kevorkian, nicknamed "Dr. Death" for his study of dying as a young doctor and for aiding in suicides in the 1990s, was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday night, Morganroth said.

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.

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

Kevorkian was played by actor Al Pacino in the 2010 HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," for which Pacino won Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Jerry Norton)