“Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian Dead at 83

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the man who became the face of euthanasia in the 1990s, died on Friday, a spokesman at a Michigan hospital confirmed. He was 83.

Kevorkian, known as “Dr. Death” for his crusade to legalize physician-assisted suicide, died from kidney-related illness at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he was brought on May 18 after suffering a relapse of the disease that he had been fighting for years.

The pathologist from Pontiac, Michigan, became one of the most controversial personalities in the 1990s due to his then-unwavering support of the so-called right-to-die legislation. Kevorkian was arrested several times between 1990 and 1999 for assisting at least 130 terminally patients end their lives. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 for administering lethal injection to Thomas Youk a year earlier. Youk was in the final stages of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease when Kevorkian administered the lethal injection in September 1998. Kevorkian was sentenced 10 to 25 years in prison, but was paroled in 2007 on good behavior.