Accessibility links

Assisted Suicide Doctor Released From Prison


A retired U.S. doctor who was jailed for helping terminally ill people to commit suicide has been released from prison after serving eight years of a murder sentence.

Jack Kevorkian, 79, Friday said he felt "wonderful" as he left a prison in Michigan. The former pathologist served less than half of what was a 10-to-25 year sentence.

A jury in Michigan jury sentenced him in 1999, after Kevorkian videotaped himself administering lethal drugs to a patient suffering from a debilitating nervous system disease.

Kevorkian, who was nicknamed "Doctor Death," said he helped at least 130 terminally ill people to commit suicide, often allowing his patients to operate his so-called "suicide machine."

Now, he says he will continue to campaign for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, but will not break any more laws.

Only one U.S. state, Oregon, has legalized physician-assisted suicide.

Under the terms of his probation, Kevorkian is prohibited from treating elderly patients, and from assisting in any suicides.

Supporters of assisted-suicide credit Kevorkian with drawing attention to their cause, but they take issue with his eccentric methods.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

XS
SM
MD
LG