Dr. Jack Kevorkian, "suicide machine" inventor, jazz musician and painter, has died


Jack "Doctor Death" Kevorkian died today at age 83, after being hospitalized in Michigan for kidney and heart problems, and pneumonia.

His attorney, Mayer Morganroth, said it appears Kevorkian suffered a pulmonary thrombosis when a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart. With Kevorkian was his niece Ava Janus and Morganroth.

"It was peaceful, he didn't feel a thing," Morganroth said.

Morganroth said there were no artificial attempts to keep Kevorkian alive and no plans for a memorial.

He invented a "suicide machine" (shown in this photo) to help the terminally ill end their lives.

He was also a jazz musician and a painter (the image at left is one of his works).

Below, one of the tracks from his album Kevorkian Suite: Very Still Life, which you can buy online.

Photo (Reuters): In 2008, Kevorkian announces he is running as Independent for a seat in the US Congress.